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BSES to set up solar micro grids in east, central Delhi

IANS  |  New Delhi 

In a major push to in the national capital, distribution company (discom) BSES, here on Tuesday, announced launch of a pilot project to set up solar micro grids in the east and central under the jurisdiction of Power Ltd (BYPL).

According to a release, similar grids are planned for the south and west Delhi, which are under the jurisdiction of Rajdhani Power Ltd (BRPL).

"These micro grids will combine rooftop solar plants with lithium-ion-based (Li Ion) storage systems. As a technology demonstrator, four such micro grids have been set up at BYPL offices in east Delhi," the release said.

While the generated through rooftop solar plants is being used for catering to the internal power requirements of office loads and to charge batteries, the surplus is fed into the grid, "which has the potential to reduce the bills," it added.

Noting the multiple benefits of such micro grids, the said the initial results of the pilot project at four BYPL locations have been encouraging. The discom has installed rooftop solar plants, varying between 5 kilowatt (kW) and 7 kW and between 7 kilowatt-hour (kWhr) and 10 kWhr.

"They show that over this period only 8 per cent of grid power (net of exports) was used. The balance 92 per cent was generated and met through the solar plant coupled with the energy battery storage," the release said.

"Apart from this, around 1,245 litre of diesel and 0.24 million units of amounting to Rs 20 lakh can be saved on annual basis. Additionally, it can also reduce CO2 of around 205 tonnes.

"A pan discom (including at consumer location) rollout of 1,000 such micro grids has the potential to save around 62 million units of and over 3 lakh litre of diesel amounting to around Rs 41 crore on an annual basis. Moreover, this will lead to CO2 reduction of around 51,000 tonnes," it added.

The discom has tied up with the Council on Energy, and Water (CEEW) to gauge and assess the performance of the micro grid pilot project and to popularise the concept.

Commenting on the development, a BSES said: "With an aim to increase the penetration of renewable energy, reduce carbon footprint and to help our consumers reduce electricity bills, the BSES is going higher in the value chain."

The current cost of setting up a rooftop solar system is around Rs 40,000 per kW and around Rs 80,000 per kW for an "This may further go down as the number of consumers increase," the company said.



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First Published: Tue, March 12 2019. 20:10 IST