The solar power consumption has immensely helped Karnataka achieve its target of 3 per cent of solar consumption of 1,600 MW within a span of 3 years of the unveiling of the ‘Solar Policy’, which happened in May 2014. It had aims of achieving 2 percent by the year 2016-17. It dictates grid-connected solar energy generating systems. By this, it means each solar energy consumer will be grid connected. Now if excess solar energy is produced by the consumer, the excess shall be directed to the grid.
It simply proves that the biggies like Reliance grid power are drastically reducing due to the low-quality power consumption. And practice governed by BESCOM is also going to hike as a tariff has been proposed by the electricity supply company, which suggests an increase of Rs1.40/unit from last Dec. The public hearing of the tariff proposal will be hosted by Karnataka’s Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC).
Infosys, which is one the best and the biggest technology services firms in India, has launched a 1055 kW of solar photo-voltaic concept at the Bangalore Center. Around 2,500 smart meters have been installed in the Bengaluru campus alone. This is interlinked through Central Energy Management System (CEMS). Here what happens is an SMS is sent in the form of an alert for electricity consumption during those unoccupied hours, thereby reducing electricity wastage. Also, a benchmark is set for all the buildings with respect to energy consumption.
Infosys buildings in Pune and Bengaluru were awarded LEED India Platinum for being green energy efficient buildings. Guruprakash Sastry, the regional manager of Infosys said, “In the new buildings, we have been able to achieve very high efficiency designs. Infosys buildings have 60% to 70% lower energy consumption compared to usual buildings. These have an Energy Performance Index (EPI) of about 85 kW hour per sq metre annually, among the most efficient in the world for office buildings. Design changes have been made such that capital cost on our buildings has remained the same and still the energy bills have reduced by 60-70%.”
Even they have substituted with LED lighting. They are also using motion and daylight sensors in workstations and closed rooms.
The Canadian International School
The Canadian School has also gone solar. This international school uses solar power energy for almost everything. They also power about 150 homes nearby. This is an exceptional attempt taken by the school.
Sri Sathya Sai Institute
This multi-specialty medical college and hospital is an excellent example of an institute going green. It is surely inspiring many other institutes.
Having two huge campuses in Bengaluru and many smaller units across the city, the IT giant has moved to Availability-Based Tariff (ABT) meters. The meters were able to effectively mix the power sources.