According to reports, with growing awareness about judicious consumption of energy and sustainable development, many industries and hotels in the city are now shifting from existing thermal plants to renewable sources like solar and wind power. It works two ways–helps reduce power bills and also gives consumer satisfaction.
A city-based hotel, Radisson Blu, has recently starting using solar and wind energy. Of 55 lakh units of power being consumed by hotel on an annual basis, it is now getting 16 lakh units of power from solar energy sources, while 3 lakh units of power is being supplied to it by a Dewas-based wind energy firm, Dhar Automotive Co. Hotel chief engineer Mukesh Acharya said, “We are all set to get an additional supply of 16 lakh units of power from a solar energy firm shortly. If it happens, we will be able to rely on renewable sources of energy for nearly 35 lakh units of power.”
Another city-based hotel, Sayaji, has is ready to roll out an ambitious green energy plan. “We are looking forward to use up 30% of power from solar energy sources and 20% from wind energy in due course of time,” said hotel’s local unit head Hitesh Varma.
How economical is the shift from traditional power sources to alternative ones, is clear from the fact that while solar energy is cheaper by Re 1 per unit, wind energy also saves power consumption cost by 90 paise per unit. Malhar Mega Mall manager Deepak Patidar said, “We have been able to save up money by shifting to solar power.”
For textile company Pratibha Syntex, power consumption works out to 3 crore units of power, but the total requirement is 8 crore. The company is planning to shift to solar power soon. “We have plans to rely on solar energy to meet half of our power requirement by 2015,” said company MD Shreyaskar Chaudhary.
DB Mall in Bhopal, which consumes 1.5 crore units of power annually, has signed a deal to get 60 lakh units of power from a solar firm in the current fiscal. “We are expecting to get 75 lakh units of power from solar firm in a year”, said DB Mall AGM Sanjeev Chaturvedi.
The sole solar energy provider in the state is Ujaas firm has fully developed solar power park in Raigarh and Shajapur. “We plan to set up 100 megawatt capacity solar power plant as against existing mark of 27 MW by March 2014,” said Vikalp Mundra, joint managing director of Ujaas, an Indore-based listed entity, which has installed solar power plant under renewable energy certificate (REC) mechanism.
At present, the state government provides power from renewable sources at a discount of 17%. Also, it allows selling of power to bulk users of electricity under LTOA (long term open access).