Solar energy is gaining prominence amongst different strata of society. It has transcended the barriers of class and people of urban and rural backgrounds alike are embracing it. From a remote village in Punjab to the posh areas of Delhi, everywhere solar energy is gaining acceptance. Here, we bring to you another house that went solar and is now contributing its bit towards saving energy.
How this house went solar?
Mr. Krishnaswamy is a professor at a reputed management college in Manipal. He lives an ordinary life like most of us. He leaves for work at 8 in the morning and comes back by 4 pm. He drives a car – well herein lies the difference between him and us. He drives a battery-operated car that he charges it using solar energy. In fact his entire house runs on solar energy.
“If we don’t conserve now, what kind of world will we leave for our children,” said he, when asked about his motivation to go solar.
Mr. Prashant, a Su-Kam engineer did the installation at his house in SaiRadha Green Valley, Manipal about a year ago. He installed 8 solar panels of 250W each, which makes it a total of 1000W. A Su-Kam’s Power Conditioning Unit of 3kVa was also installed. Su-Kam’s Solar Power Conditioning Unit is an integrated system consisting of solar charge controller, inverter and a grid charger. It provides the facility to charge the battery bank through either a Solar or Grid/DG set, and constantly monitors the state of battery voltage, solar power output and the load. In addition to this 12 inverters of 96Kv were installed. The cost of entire setup was around 4,00,000 INR.
This is entirely an off-grid setup, which means that it is independent of the state supply.
Before the solar installation, Mr. Krishnaswamy’s electricity bill used to come around 2500-4000 INR per month. After the installation it has been reduced to 300 INR per month.
Mr. Krishnaswamy sets an example:
Now he is planning to install 4 more solar power panels to generate more electricity using solar power. He is also contemplating on connecting the entire setup with the state grid, so that he can sell some of the extra electricity he generates using the net metering policy that is there in Mangalore.
In the words of Mr. Prashant, the engineer who did the installation at his house and also a really good friend of Mr. Krishnaswamy’s , “Mr. Krishnaswamy is always brimming with newer ideas to conserve energy and save the environment. His reason for going was not monetary savings but his fondness for cleaner and greener source of energy”.
Mr. Krishnaswamy is a good example of how more and more Indians are becoming sensitive towards the cause of energy conservation. And we have seen that more energy we save, the more is it easy on our pockets. It is a win-win situation for both the environment and us. Solar energy is the need of the day if we want to secure a bright future for our generations to come.