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Replace household diesel generators by solar plants: CSE

DHAKA, Jan 10, 2017 (BSS)- A new analysis done by a leading Indian environment agency suggests that flat owners using diesel generator sets for power back-up can easily replace them with rooftop solar power systems and save substantial costs.

"In all the residential societies that are studied and analyzed (in India), the cost of power from solar rooftop was found to be about half the cost of power generated by diesel engines. This alone should motivate people to move away from diesel generator to rooftop solar panels to meet their power back-up needs," said Chandra Bhushan, Deputy Director General, Centre for Science and Environment, while releasing the results at a conference in New Delhi today.

The CSE study examined the feasibility of solar rooftops in residential societies across Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, says a press release available here today.

Priyavrat Bhati, programme director, energy, CSE, says "Diesel generator back-up has become increasingly redundant because of reducing power outages in cities." It concludes that for most societies, solar rooftop would be able to meet the basic load for individual flats along with essential area loads.

"Moving away from the diesel set to solar rooftop requires a change in mindset. If power outage is less than an hour a day then the very definition of "full back-up" needs to be changed," adds Chandra Bhushan.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)