Frustrated with long power cuts, residents in Greater Noida’s Rabupura, Nagla Hukam Singh and Tirthali areas, among others, are tapping solar power by installing solar plants on rooftops and vacant spaces.
“Solar power is not only eco-friendly but also cost-effective, so I opted for it. Ten to twelve-hour power cuts are normal in Rabupura and adjoining areas. As a result, we have to depend on diesel-run generator sets to operate fans, computers, refrigerators and other home appliances. I was spending nearly Rs 40,000 a month on diesel. It was also creating unbearable pollution in the neighbourhood,” said Dhirendra Singh of Rabupura.
“Since putting up a 5.5 KW solar power plant on my rooftop, I am saving money and contributing to the environment by not polluting ,” he said.
He spent Rs 2.5 lakh on his 5 KW solar power plant, which he set up after learning the required steps from the internet.
Singh is one among the many who have stopped depending on the conventional mode of energy. Around 30 persons have started harnessing solar power with rooftop solar plants for daily use.
The Centre is offering a 30% subsidy on solar plants, thereby encouraging more people to harness solar energy and help create a healthy environment.
“I spent Rs 33,000 on my small solar plant, which is helping me run the fan, fridge and computer for 12 hours,” said Dharamvir Singh, a resident of Greater Noida’s Myana area.
According to experts, it takes Rs 8 lakh to set up a 5 KW solar plant on an area of 600 sq ft. On an investment of Rs 8 lakh, the Centre offers a subsidy of Rs 2.5 lakh.
“With a 5 KW plant, an air-conditioner of two-ton capacity, four fans, a refrigerator and a computer can be used comfortably,” said Nikhilesh Sharma, an expert on solar energy.
“If there is no electricity available, it will be called an off-grid solar power project. If electricity supply is erratic, one needs to set up a hybrid solar plant and if grid connectivity is with scheduled power cuts, one needs to establish a grid connectivity solar power project. It has almost zero maintenance and requires no expenses for 25 years,” he added.