Through our personal experiences here, and after hearing from a few professionals and tech guys in the field, we have some understanding of hurdles and possibilities here, on increasing adoption of Solar Power. Are govt agencies doing enough to 1) promote this as "green" power, 2) use Solar as a way to fill the supply shortage? We don't know. Should govt agencies only do all this promotion? Probably yes, because of the cost and policy angles involved.
What could be done then to promote adoption? Read up (Germany prime example) and there is a lot of information. But for us, in Bangalore, following should help
- Publishing well packaged information and solutions so that everyone can at least get to know the options and costs here.
- Developing some govt buildings as "samples", and publish all details on them would also help (Vikas Soudha has it, I think high court too. Why not more govt buildings?)
- To tide over the high upfront cost of the full system, starting some financing schemes will help. Few exist, but how many of us know about them? Instead of or on top of limited subsidy, or power byu back schemes, think of 2% interest, 5 year period scheme to fund Solar purchases?
- Encourage adoption of DC power based devices, to reduce reliance on storage (aka battery) as much as possible
- Organize a huge event, primary target - community dwellers, to unleash all of above, and demo systems on them, all together under one hall? Solar equipment makers will be more than happy to fund such event.
More ideas please!. We WILL go meet KREDL and BECOM for sure. We as Praja, part timers, are best suited to spend our civic time "pushing" for things. And this one seems like a perfect opportunity for doing that.
One other thing we can do is, publish some citizen-sourced whitepaperresearch paper on what it takes to go solar for a home. If we can put sanjay's gyaan, my own experience with system/subsidy, IDS/Anithasunil's lessons from ongoing search in a nice booklet, do you think such material will be a handy tool to have as we go around nd start meeting "people" to push for this?
SB aka Pranav
PS: The "green" aspect of Solar energy gets muddied by these batteries. Publishing a summary of existing research that provides a picture of the battery aspect will also help.