The country’s first portable solar roof system was inaugurated Monday at the Swaminarayan Akshardham temple complex in Gandhinagar. The installation of 10 PV port systems in the temple complex was supported by the German development agency Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), it said in a statement.
The systems were installed as part of the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy initiative to develop renewable energy cities across India.
The PV-Port systems designed by GIZ are standard plug-and-play photovoltaic systems with at least 2 kWp, available with or without battery storage.
“India’s first portable solar roof system was inaugurated at the Swaminarayan Akshardham temple complex in Gandhinagar…” the statement said.
The PV ports were manufactured by New Delhi-based Servotech Power Systems Ltd (SPSL), a leading manufacturer of high-end solar products such as LEDs, oxygen concentrators and EV chargers under the Make in India project, it added added.
“The unique PV port system is the way forward for greater adoption of solar energy in the country,” said Raman Bhatia, Founder and Managing Director of Servotech Power Systems Ltd.
The 10 PV port systems were inaugurated in the presence of Shwetal Shah, Adviser, Climate Authority, Government of Gujarat, and officials from GIZ, GERMI and Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple.
Jörg Gabler, Principal Advisor of GIZ India’s ‘Integration of Renewable Energy into Indian Electricity System (I-RE)’ project, said: ‘Consumers are expected to benefit greatly from such collaborations and the resulting synergies. We are very optimistic that the partnerships will provide us with insights to deal with new challenges and capitalize on opportunities at the city level, which will help us to replicate the results in other cities across India.”
Of the 40 PV port systems to be installed in Gandhinagar, Servotech Power Systems has already installed more than 30 systems at Pandit Deendayal Energy University, GSPC Bhavan, Indroda Park, NIFT, Arya Bhavan and other places.
The PV port system is extremely cost effective, low maintenance, has a long shelf life of 25-30 years, can easily be installed by one person and is ideal for the Indian climate.
It is designed for 100 percent self-consumption, no electricity is fed into the grid. Unlike other traditional solar PV systems, the design of the PV port system allows the use of the space under the modules. Each system results in an average annual saving of Rs 24,000 on utility bills.