Why Petrol Pump Goes Solar in Himachal Pradesh?

Here is a story about how this petrol pump owner in Himachal Pradesh decided to go solar and saved money on electricity bills. If you are looking to install a solar system in your home, read on to understand how it can bring about a drastic change in your electricity bills.


Diwan Singh’s Life Before Solar:

Mr. Lucky owns a petrol pump in Mandi District, Himachal Pradesh. District Mandi is occupied with a population of 26,500 people who are struggling with the issue of lack of proper electricity lines in that area. Because of frequent power cuts, people have resorted to using diesel generators which generate additional costs.

Mr. Lucky faced the same problem. To run his petrol pump, he spent INR 3,000 on electricity consumed from mains and spent an additional INR 2,500 on diesel generator. Mandi district approximately receives 13 hours of daylight every day. Installing a solar system in this area was a perfect solution. So Mr. Rajeev (Su-Kam’s authorized distributor from Power Solutions in Himachal Pradesh) discussed the positive prospects of installing solar in his petrol pump and how it will greatly help in reducing his bills.


Rajeev Garg has been handling the solar system installations for a while now and after careful inspection of Mr. Lucky’s filling station, he gave the following suggestions:

Technical Specifications:

  1. Su-Kam’s solar PCU – 7.5KVA/96V
  2. Su-Kam Solar Panels – 250W/24V (12 in number)
  3. Su-Kam’s battery bank – 150AH (10 in number)


How It Works:

During the day, the solar panels would produce DC electricity from the sun rays falling on the panels. This uncontrolled DC power is passed through the Solar PCU that would convert this DC power received from the panels into controlled power best suited for charging the battery bank and also run the load simultaneously by converting DC to AC.

To run the load through the power stored in the batteries, the PCU would convert this DC power to AC power, since the appliances run on AC power. As the load runs the batteries get discharged. And the cycle repeats.


How can solar installation work well in a cold place like Himachal?

Solar panels need sunlight and not sun’s heat to work so they can work perfectly fine in cold weather. In fact, too much heat (high temperature) hampers the performance of solar system. This is why solar has been successful in many European countries.

Yes, there is a problem when there are thick clouds and sun rays are not able to reach solar panels, but this doesn’t last very long. And don’t forget that there is a battery bank in this off grid solar installation to supply power during cloudy conditions or during night time.

Units Generated and Load Running:

The 3KW solar panel generates approximately 15 units per day depending on the weather conditions. The system runs the entire load of the petrol pump that essentially includes 5 fuel dispensers of 0.75HP each and 4 LED bulbs of 36W each.

Mr. Lucky says ‘I was reluctant about its benefits before I installed it but I have to say it turned out to be the best option to run my petrol pump. I wish I was convinced to go solar earlier. I want to thank Su-Kam and Mr. Rajeev who introduced me to solar.’

We are glad to see another happy solar customer in India. Going solar has never been easier. What are you waiting for? Visit www.sukam-solar.com to find out how to go solar.

To know how a solar PCU works please click on this link and watch an interesting video:

For further details, please feel free to contact Su-Kam’s channel partner who did this installation:

Rajeev Garg (Su-Kam’s authorized distributor from Power solutions) – 09816094436

Contact the customer on the following-

Mr. Lucky – 09459400099/09418091419

Lucky Filing Station, VPO Kalkhar

Teh. Baldwara

Dist. Mandi

Himachal Pradesh



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