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BSES Launches Pilot Project to Set up Solar Micro Grids in East, Central Delhi

According to a release, similar grids are planned for the south and west Delhi, which are under the jurisdiction of BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd (BRPL)

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Also, Over the past year, solar energy has finally become an affordable option for the average citizen. Pixabay

In a major push to clean energy in the national capital, Delhi distribution company (discom) BSES, here on Tuesday, announced launch of a pilot project to set up solar micro grids in the east and central Delhi under the jurisdiction of BSES Yamuna Power Ltd (BYPL).

According to a release, similar grids are planned for the south and west Delhi, which are under the jurisdiction of BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd (BRPL).

“These micro grids will combine rooftop solar plants with lithium-ion-based (Li Ion) battery energy storage systems. As a technology demonstrator, four such micro grids have been set up at BYPL offices in east Delhi,” the release said.

While the energy generated through rooftop solar plants is being used for catering to the internal power requirements of office loads and to charge batteries, the surplus is fed into the grid, “which has the potential to reduce the electricity bills,” it added.

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Around 1,245 litre of diesel and 0.24 million units of electricity amounting to Rs 20 lakh can be saved on annual basis. Additionally, it can also reduce CO2 of around 205 tonnes. Pixabay

Noting the multiple benefits of such micro grids, the BSES said the initial results of the pilot project at four BYPL locations have been encouraging. The discom has installed rooftop solar plants, varying between 5 kilowatt (kW) and 7 kW and energy battery storage between 7 kilowatt-hour (kWhr) and 10 kWhr.

“They show that over this period only 8 per cent of grid power (net of exports) was used. The balance 92 per cent was generated and met through the solar plant coupled with the energy battery storage,” the release said.

“Apart from this, around 1,245 litre of diesel and 0.24 million units of electricity amounting to Rs 20 lakh can be saved on annual basis. Additionally, it can also reduce CO2 of around 205 tonnes.

“A pan discom (including at consumer location) rollout of 1,000 such solar energy battery storage micro grids has the potential to save around 62 million units of electricity and over 3 lakh litre of diesel amounting to around Rs 41 crore on an annual basis. Moreover, this will lead to CO2 reduction of around 51,000 tonnes,” it added.

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According to a release, similar grids are planned for the south and west Delhi, which are under the jurisdiction of BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd (BRPL). Pixabay

The discom has tied up with the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) to gauge and assess the performance of the micro grid pilot project and to popularise the concept.

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Commenting on the development, a BSES spokesperson said: “With an aim to increase the penetration of renewable energy, reduce carbon footprint and to help our consumers reduce electricity bills, the BSES is going higher in the renewable energy value chain.”

The current cost of setting up a rooftop solar system is around Rs 40,000 per kW and around Rs 80,000 per kW for an energy storage system. “This may further go down as the number of consumers increase,” the company said. (IANS)

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BSES Launches Blockchain Tech Platform for Power Trading: Report

There is no specific hardware device or investment required to sign up to the blockchain-based platform

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Last year, BSES saved 183 MW in Delhi's total contribution of 305 MW during Earth Hour, it added. Pixabay

In a major environment-friendly digital initiative, Delhi electricity distribution company (discom) BSES on Wednesday announced that BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd (BRPL) has partnered Australias Power Ledger, a global leader in blockchain technology, to launch consumer-to-consumer (peer-to-peer or P2P) solar power trading on a trial basis.

A BSES statement said that Power Ledger’s blockchain-based platform can enable consumers even without rooftop solar, to trade power between themselves.

According to the company, BRPL has, thus, become India’s first discom to use a blockchain-based platform for P2P solar trading.

“A feasibility study has been successfully undertaken. The offering will rolled-out, once the regulatory approvals are in place,” it said.

“The pilot project will initially be carried-out amidst the existing and select group of gated community (CGHS) solar consumers in Dwarka who generate around 5-6 MW of solar-power. These consumers will be able to trade solar power their neighboring apartments and buildings using this platform rather than letting it spill-back to the grid.”

Consumers with rooftop solar infrastructure can sell their excess solar energy to their neighbours even if they don’t have rooftop solar, using the energy trading platform.

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This will provide single window computerised facilities for customers to apply for various services. Pixabay

“Thus, even consumers who don’t have roof-top solar will benefit by purchasing cheaper and cleaner electricity, compared to the slab-rate of the discom, which as consumer they would otherwise have to pay,” it said.

P2P surplus solar power trading among consumers connected to the same distribution transformer is expected to result in optimal loading of the distribution transformer (DT).

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“The platform will give BRPL access to a cost-effective energy alternative during the times of peak demand pricing. Apart from this, the discom will also benefit by not having to purchase solar energy exported to the grid, gain revenue through transaction fee and wheeling charges as also create and actively engage in a two-way positive relationship with its consumer base,” the statement said.

There is no specific hardware device or investment required to sign up to the blockchain-based platform.

“This technology is a transactive layer that utilises close to real-time data from smart meters to facilitate the P2P trading environment. All that is required is access to solar power infrastructure – solar power panels installed on the roof of the house, or solar power infrastructure within the consumers’ community,” it added. (IANS)