An increasing shift is being witnessed amongst people towards utilizing renewable sources of energy for meeting their domestic energy needs
In a modern neighbourhood in Greenwood city in Gurgaon, Haryana, Su-Kam has installed an off grid solar power system in a duplex villa which caters to the electricity needs of a major portion of the household by using the power of sunlight. An elaborate (optimum) setting of solar panels at the rooftop helps the solar power plant to convert solar energy into power.
The owners of the house, Mrs Tutul & Mr Bankim Jain talk excitedly about their big step into the field of renewable energy utilization for meeting their generic power needs. “My interest in science ever since my school days, encouraged me towards utilizing renewable sources of energy for meeting my electricity needs when I decided to renovate my house late in 2012.” says Mr Bankim Jain, a noted celebrity wedding cinematographer from Delhi-NCR.
“The installed solar power system offers a capacity of 4 KW. We have prioritized and scheduled our power guzzling electronics in a way to get the maximum return from the power being generated during the day, meeting a major portion of my domestic energy needs. This also helps in keeping the stored battery power through Solar Charging to be used during night time. As a keen crusader for green energy, I believe in conserving energy and protecting our environment, whether by using LEDs instead of CFLs or by water recharging. I have always believed in doing the same thing but differently.” He further adds “Along with changes in MCBs & rewiring we have put our major load on Solar Power.”
Mrs. Tutul Jain added “We have also made changes in our kitchen by shifting major cooking process of food to Induction & Microwave. This further helps control the recurring gas expense in our kitchen.”
Speaking about his initial thoughts on the solar plant installation, he says, “The solar power system once installed, supplies uninterrupted power to meet most household needs in addition to being long lasting (25 years), green and pollution free. As there is a lot of dust in India we have kept scope for the cleaning process of the panels on regular intervals. Although the recurring cost of the system is the battery change every 5 years but with proper maintenance & care of battery bank the said cost can be kept in waiting for many years.”
Speaking on the challenges he faced before getting the plant installed, Bankim says, “In India, it is difficult to gather information on new technologies like solar power installations for households. However, once I got in touch with the concerned experts from Su-Kam in this area, my initial apprehensions about ROI, maintenance and other details like installation capacity for meeting my desired needs were met promptly.”
Adding a note for people who should opt for solar energy to meet their power needs, he says “People are not aware of the various long term advantages of installing solar power systems at residences. With every passing day, the cost of non-renewable fuel is increasing thereby leading to an escalation in electricity cost. In the next few years, the cost of using energy from fossil fuels will rise at such an alarming rate that more and more people will realize the importance of renewable energy for meeting their domestic energy needs.” he added