Petrol bunk goes green with solar energy

Petrol bunk goes green with solar energy

Girish L, owner of a petrol bunk in Mandya who like everybody else was subjected to continuous power cuts, is now happy that his venture (shifting to alternative energy source) has borne fruit.

In a first, Girish has been utilising power generated through ‘Gird Sharing Solar Online UPS’ at his Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) petrol bunk in the district.

The project, which was commissioned three months ago at his petrol bunk in Hebbakawadi, Mandya, runs entirely on the power generated from solar energy.

He said that he was fed up of the power outages, as the power cuts would sometimes extend to two days. “I was also aware of the environmental pollution caused by using generators at the bunk. I was introduced to Solar Online UPS of the Go Green Solutions and wanted to implement the same. I wanted to do my bit for conserving power,” he added.

The petrol bunk is installed with 5KVA solar online UPS of 2,800 watts of HHV Solar PV Module, with 135 AH Luminous Solar Battery with C10 Rating. Ten panels of 280 watts will generate 2,200  to 2,800 watts of power per day .

The grid sharing solar online UPS has the unique feature of automatically shifting to electricity or battery after the solar energy is exhausted. It charges and provides output parallelly, and hence is different from the other solar panels, added Girish.

At his bunk, the mode of operation is set to ‘Solar-grid (electricity)- Battery’. He has three pumps with two nozzles each, and is able to operate three nozzles at a time. He has spent Rs 4.5 lakh for the implementation and says that he is hopeful of the product being useful in the long run.

He said that he has already installed the similar system at his software company in Bangalore and soon would extend it to his residence and farm house. “I would not want to depend on electricity at all,” he added.

C P Sreenivas of Go Green Solutions, Bangalore, who has implemented the project, says that the system is a boon for ‘petrol bunk owners’ facing severe shortage of power. “Many of them have lost customers unnecessarily. This kind of an alternative energy source is necessary in both rural and urban areas.”

He also said that most consumers were not aware that solar panels required only sun light and not heat.

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