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SOLAR ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE: PLANNING FOR A SUSTAINABLE KERALA

"Earth has enough resources to meet people’s needs, but will never have enough to satisfy people’s greed"Mahatma Gandhi India represents a culture that calls our planet ‘Mother Earth’. Article 48-A of our constitution states “State shall endeavour to protect and improve the environment and safeguard the forests and wildlife of the country”. Article 51-A states that “It is the fundamental duty of every citizen to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes rivers and wildlife”. The nation’s development process is guided by the path of ‘development without destruction’.
Energy consumption and production cause 2/3rd of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions. Therefore, Energy Efficiency (on demand side) and Renewable Energy (on the supply side) are considered as two pillars of our sustainable energy movement. Energy Conservation Act (ECA) encourages to efficient use of energy and its conservation. India’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) o…

BENEFITS OF VIRTUAL NET METERING

Virtual net metering (VNM) is a bill crediting system for community solar. It refers to when solar is not used on-site but is instead externally installed and shared among subscribers. In this case, you receive credits on your electric bill for excess energy produced by your share of a solar garden. It is also known as virtual meter aggregation.
Net metering simply allows a customer who installs a solar array to get the same value for every kWh produced, whether it is used immediately by the customer, or passed back to the grid and used at a later time. Utility customers are typically issued a meter to measure the amount of electricity being delivered from the grid. Organizations set up for solar net metering use specialized bidirectional meters that also track the amount of electricity flowing back to their local power grid.
So when you’re (literally) burning the midnight oil, the bi-directional meter records how much electricity is being delivered to your facility. And on the "su…

Solar Batteries for Home Use

Going solar can save you money on energy bills and help the environment at the same time. A properly installed solar panel system can also eventually become an income-producing asset. Battery storage is a way to have additional control overpowering your home. Home battery storage is cheaper than ever, and new incentives available both nationally and in certain states are making going solar with batteries a smart move in more ways than one. The dream of powering your home with off-grid solar is still not quite “financially advantageous,” but having a battery in your home to save money on peak electricity costs and keep the lights on during a blackout is a reality today.
There’s now a newer and more convenient alternative to solar grid panels in the installation of advanced batteries. These can be charged with extra sun power and used when the weather isn’t so good. There are a lot of benefits to using a battery instead of grid backup. They are as follows:
Potentially maximize your solar …