According to reports, at a time when the central government has capped the use of domestic LPG cylinders to six a year, the solar energy might turn out as the most popular alternative source of fuel for Indoreans. The US-based space agency, NASA, in its study, had recently said that Indore was the most suitable place for investing in solar energy, thanks to its strategic location. Secondly, the country boasts to have 300 sunny days on an average.
Talking to ToI, Atul K Pandey, a project engineer cum estate officer at IIT Indore, advises the Indoreans to go for solar and other alternate forms of energy. Though it normally costs higher than the conventional sources of energy at the time of installation, still it can turn fruitful in longer run. The cost of such equipment was also coming down constantly with the technological advancement, he added.
Located in Bhikangaon, only a few kilometers away from Indore, the Green School Building is made by public-private partnership without and any government aid or electrical connection from the state electricity board. It uses only solar energy for the energy needs, he informed.
Dinesh Wadhwa, honorary secretary of Madhya Pradesh state centre of Indian Society of Lighting Engineers, which had recently held a workshop on the topic in Indore, said, “I have already been using solar cooker and solar heater in my house. However, with the capping of the use of LPG refills, I am now determined to increase my dependency on such appliances in future.”
Mahesh Sharma, who is into electrical wires business, said, “The cost of electricity is on the rise and hence we must have a back-up plan. Solar energy has come up as a green and clean alternate source of energy for us.”
Akhilesh Jain, chairman, ISLE MP, said, ” Though the initial investment cost for solar energy appliance was quite high, I feel that still it would be the thing of the future.”