The country’s first portable solar roof system was inaugurated on Monday at Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple complex in Gandhinagar. The installation of 10 PV gate systems in the temple complex was supported by the German development agency Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), reads a statement.
The systems were installed under the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s initiative to develop renewable energy cities across India.
Designed by GIZ, the PV Port systems are standard plug-and-play photovoltaic systems of a minimum of 2 kWp that come with or without battery storage.
“India’s first portable solar roof system was inaugurated at the Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple complex in Gandhinagar …,” the statement read.
The PV gates 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 charging equipment under the Make in India project, it added.
“The unique PV Port system is the way forward for greater acceptance of solar power in the country,” said Raman Bhatia, Founder and Managing Director of Servotech Power Systems Ltd.
The 10 PV gate systems were inaugurated in the presence of Shwetal Shah, Adviser, Department of Climate Change, Government of Gujarat, and officials of GIZ, GERMI and Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple.
Jorg Gabler, Chief Adviser on the Integration of Renewable Energy in the Indian Electricity System (I-RE) Project, GIZ India, said that “such cooperation and the resulting synergies are expected to benefit consumers to a great extent. We are very optimistic that the partnerships will give us insights to address emerging challenges and capitalize on city-level opportunities, helping us to replicate the results in other cities across India. “
Of the 40 PV gate 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 locations.
The PV Port system is highly cost effective, requires little maintenance, has a long shelf life of 25-30 years, can be easily installed by a single person and is ideal for the Indian climate.
It is designed for 100 percent self-consumption, and no power is fed into the network. Unlike other conventional PV solar power systems, the design of the PV gate system allows the space under the panels to be used. Each system results in an average annual saving of Rs 24,000 on electricity bills.