India is a power-hungry country. Rapid growth of industries and erratic power supply means that demand is always greater than supply. This has resulted in a huge demand for diesel-powered generators in the country. It’s rare for a factory to even contemplate functioning without some sort of a power backup.
Diesel Gensets: The Case Against: -
While diesel gensets are the go-to solution to fill the gap between supply and demand, these diesel gensets are not without their disadvantages.
A) They are noisy and high decibel levels are a cause of concern.
B) Their exhaust adds to pollution levels.
There are gensets that use other power sources like natural gas, but these deplete precious natural resources and burning of fossils for fuel does not augur well for the planet.
Under these circumstances, solar powered generators are emerging as a viable option for the following reasons:
The Case for Solar Generators: -
A) Cost: While the cost of solar generators may be higher in the short run, due to expensive panels, in the long run, they are much more cost effective - as they do not need fuel to keep them going. Also, solar generators do not need as much maintenance as diesel gensets, making them more commercially attractive.
B) Environment friendly: - This is the most significant advantage solar powered gensets have over their diesel and other counterparts. Since they don’t have any emissions, governments do not impose many regulations. Diesel and fossil fuel gensets, on the other hand, must follow stringent norms.
C) Greater Efficiency: - Modern generators are equipped with advanced cells that store power for long periods - making them functional even in the absence of sunlight. Moreover, unused terraces can be used for installing solar generators making them highly efficient.
D) The Sun Always Shines: - Most of India, (except for a few months during the monsoons) is blessed with abundant sunlight. So, there is always a steady supply of ‘fuel’ for the generators and factory owners do not have to depend on unreliable supply mechanisms for the fuel.
Solar generators are already the preferred choice for lakhs of homes in India. As new portable models emerge, they are finding increasing use in building societies and other projects. More than a few large business houses in India have taken the leap and have invested in solar generators. It is just a matter of time before the others take the similar path.
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