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The State Of Karnataka Leads The Country In Renewable Energy Production, But The Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Needs More Applicants To Achieve Its Targets. LET’S GO SOLAR!

With electricity shortage and load-shedding being a major concern in several parts of the country, the use of solar energy is on the rise. In this edition of Blueprint, Bengaluru FC promotes the use of solar panels and other means of renewable energy, through its ‘For The Planet ’initiative.

The facts

The total amount of solar energy incident on Earth is vastly in excess of the world’s current and anticipated energy requirements. What this means is that in less than a day, the sun produces more than enough energy to power every electrical appliance and home in the whole world. By using chemical reactions to convert the sun’s heat into radiation and thereby, electricity, solar energy ensures that power is produced in a clean and effective manner.

The benefits

• Solar power is pollution free and causes no greenhouse gases to be emitted after installation. It also reduces dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels while providing renewable clean power that is available every day of the year. It is a myth that solar power doesn’t work on cloudy days. Even on the cloudiest of days, a solar panel is capable of creating 10% of its usual output.

• Solar panels are known to last over 30 years, which translates to big return on investment. What’s more? Power created in excess can be sold to the power company if the grids are interconnected.

• If all the power generated from a solar panel provides enough for your home, it gives you the chance to live grid free! Even in the tightest of spaces, solar panels can be installed at angles and on walls to capture energy.

• Solar energy also allows you to use batteries to store extra power for use at night and also to heat water or even power electric vehicles. While technology improves the efficiency of solar, a solar panel tomorrow will produce more electricity than it has ever done in the past.

The options

If you want to get solar installations, you can go in for either the Net Metering or Gross Metering scheme. In the Net Metering scheme, you can utilise the electricity that gets generated by your Solar Rooftop System to meet your internal or captive requirements and excess electricity, if any, can be exported to the grid. When you import power from the grid, the exports are adjusted against your imports, which will lower your bill.

In Gross Metering, all the electricity that gets generated by your Solar Rooftop System gets exported to the grid, while all the electricity needed for consumption gets imported from the grid. You, as a consumer, would be paid a feed-in-tariff for the electricity exported to the grid. Now why would you say no to that!