The Solar Comet – small house on wheels , exhibiting the power of solar energy-has flagged off from Delhi, on the World Environment Day for a 20-day tour.
The house is well equipped with all the electrical home-appliances usually used in a household . But we are talking about it here as allof the gazettes in the house are powered by rooftop solar panels and within approachable budget .The solar bus is expected to shatter all the myths and create admirable awareness about solar power. The small house is lit up with power saving LED bulbs, modern fixtures ,mobile charging points, a mixer grinder, an air cooler, a refrigerator, washing machine and even an air conditioner. While the summer sun is oozing fire outside,the mini-house with necessary furniture has a cool ambient environment inside.
“This project fitted with a 2 kilowatt rooftop panel demonstrates how solar power can easily run an entire household — even heavier appliances like air conditioner,” said Pujarini Sen, climate and energy campaigner, Greenpeace India.
“Another myth about solar power is that it is expensive. But in the last three years alone the installation cost per kilowatt of such panel has come down from around Rs 1 lakh to Rs 50,000. This is the ideal time to go solar,” she added.
Delhi’s total solar potential is 2,500 MW with a residential potential of 1,250 MW. The official target in Delhi is to reach 1,000 MW worth solar installations by 2020 and 2,000 MW by 2025. But as of December 2016, only 35.9 MW have been installed out of which, only 3 MW were residential installations in March 2016, informed Sen.
“The Delhi government came up with the city’s solar policy last year. But despite the benefits that it offers, Delhiites haven’t really woken up to the idea. Till now the response has been very low residential sectors,” Sen said.
The ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) offers a 30% national incentive for installing a solar power panel. Besides this, grid connectivity through net metering allows a consumer to sell the excess amount of electricity generated to the main grid and save up on their power bills.
“One can break even on their investment in four to five years. The solar panels have a life of 25 years and require very low maintenance,” Sen added, giving example of a senior citizen, who managed to reduce the expenses from Rs 8,500 per month to Rs 1,200 p/m by installing a 5KW solar system in Kailash .
Director of Energy Programme at TERI Giritsh Sethi, who flagged off the bus, hoped that by roping in RWAs directly ,the comet will bring in a change.