Why Petrol Pumps in India are Going Solar?

solar petrol pumpThe number of solar-powered petrol pumps in India is increasing by the day.They are going off the grid to run on sun. Let’s find out the story behind Panipat’s first solar petrol pump – Royal Indian Filling Station

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    Location: Like most petrol pumps situated on remote locations on highways and rural/semi urban locations, Royal Indian Filling Station in Panipat was plagued by unreliable grid supply and load shedding.

    If the town centre faces long power cuts then we can very well image the condition in outskirts where the petrol pumps are usually located.

    A 10KVA generator would consume at least 1.5 litres of diesel every hour. If they are used 20 hours in a day, which is often the case, they will eat Rs. 1500 per day from your pocket – 45,000 a month!

    Working Hours: Ordinarily, businesses have fixed operational hours – they remain shut for at least 10 hours in a day. They also have weekly holidays but a perol pump has to work 24×7.

    Due to frequency and duration of power cuts, inverters are may not be very helpful so this petrol pump was forced to use diesel generators for getting power backup – just like other petrol pumps.

    How Expensive it is to Use Diesel Generators?

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    Since petrol pumps run 24X7 , the owners end up spending huge chunk of money on diesel, and an additional cost on generator maintenance. A 10KVA generator would consume at least 1.5 litres of diesel every hour. If they are used 20 hours in a day, which is often the case, they will eat Rs. 1500 per day from your pocket – 45,000 a month!

    Cost and Savings by Going Solar:

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    Su-Kam’s distributor Mohit Batteries, recently installed a 10 KVA off-grid solar unit in Royal Indian Filling Station in Panipat.
    The entire solar system cost Rs 5.25 lakhs.

    Now the petrol pump runs completely on solar power leading to a saving of Rs. 80 thousand per month as NOTHING is being spent on generators.
    The petrol pump runs directly on solar during the day and excess electricity generated is stored in batteries to be used when the sun sets.

    Royal Indian Filling Station, Panipat

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    A view of the solar panels on the rooftop

    Cost recovered in 10 months!

    The proprietor was thus able to recover the cost within 10 months of the solar installation. Witnessing the huge financial gains and brief recovery time, other petrol pump owners in Panipat are also considering switching to solar.

    According to Mr. Sanjeev Chaudhary, Proprietor, Royal Indian Filling Station, Panipat, Su-Kam is a savior and the solar power solution from the company is truly a value for money proposition. It has enabled the entire filling station to run free of grid power with 100% dependency on solar. Now he can easily save approx. 80 thousand a month.

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    The success story captured in local newspaper (Mr. Sanjeev Chaudhary seen in the pic)

    Watch his interview with Total TV on Youtube

    Go Solar today!

    Source: http://blog.su-kam.com/how-panipats-first-solar-petrol-pump-going-to-make-rs-2-crores-worth-of-electricity/

     

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    One thought on “Why Petrol Pumps in India are Going Solar?

    1. plugincaroocom Post author

      Indian business are kept away to a great extent in US and Euro markets citing stuff like “inflameable fabrics”, “fruitflies” “below 200km range for EV”. Which fabric is not inflameable? Which fruit doesnt have fruit-flies as it ages? Which EV except Tesla can go beyond 200km???… Lets do the same eradication to US and Euro products… its very easy if one considers their low RULE rule of “dual-use (solar & wind) technology combined with 1 acre farming or 1acre pond as a must for each acre of installation”… this would be difficult for US & Euro installers but easy for Indian businesses to follow.. Even if US & Euro installers are able to follow then it will be beneficial to India too.

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