Bengaluru has one more family added to its list of eco-friendly families. A family in Marathahalli has completely moved to using solar power for all their electrical appliances and power, including their electric car. Bindhu Bala, resident of Vanshee Solitaire Apartments in Chinnapannahalli in Marathahalli says, “This month we have completely switched to solar power. In the past, our monthly bill was around Rs 4,000. With this installation, now we are able to use solar power for all electrical appliances, for power use and even for charging our electric car. We got our solar panel installed in the compound area of our apartment building.”
The solar panel cost them Rs 2.3 lakhs and has a capacity of 3 kilowatts. It has been connected to the central BESCOM power grid in the apartment. In case, the solar power is excess, it will be sold to Bescom and if deficient, the family also has the option of using Bescom power, for which they will be charged accordingly. She adds, “We have a separate meter for the solar panel and a charging point for our electric car. We have been receiving queries from other residents for replicating the model in their apartments. With efficient use of solar energy and an electric vehicle, we are happy to be contributing our part towards environment.”
According to BESCOM, there has been a 46% rise in the number of residential complexes going for solar power installations in the last two years and 192 residential complexes have solar rooftop panels installed with a total capacity of 3047.42 MW. This year, Bengaluru had also got a solar power panel with a capacity of 106 kW, the largest capacity in the city at the cost of Rs 57 lakhs in a Channasandra apartment.