According to reports, tap solar power to cut down on your electricity bills, while you keep that Bescom connection as a back-up for contingencies. Sounds remote? Not really. A micro solar power generator-cum-inverter-cum-stabilizer could soon be the answer to your power woes.
The micro generator is designed to keep the house electrified 24/7. Mounted on the rooftop, or any other sunny spot, this generator taps solar energy and keeps the battery charged. It is linked to the Bescom grid in such a way that the connection switches on once the solar-powered battery runs out of energy. Once the micro plant automatically turns off, power will pour in from the Bescom grid.
The micro solar power generator is being introduced in Bangalore by Borg, a private electrical appliance company.
“Several households have no one staying indoors between 8am and 5pm. At such times, the battery charges itself. The stored power could be consumed in the evening, once people are back home and electrical appliances are in use. Suppose the usage is high and the battery is exhausted, the supply automatically shifts to the Bescom grid. If more people switch to micro generators, the peak-hour load will drop and power cuts will also come down,” says Nitin Kasturi, chief strategic officer, Borg.
“Families with working couples mostly consume power between 6am and 8am and again between 6pm and 10pm. If such households use this plant, along with their metered Bescom connections, their electricity bills will drop drastically. This is because most of the required consumption can be met through the micro solar plant,” explains Kasturi.
The product has already been introduced in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.
While the micro solar generator promises to pack much power into households, potential customers appear skeptical about the cost factor.