As energy demand soars and the impact of the climate crisis is felt, businesses of all types are in a fitting position and pressing need to harness solar power as an affordable alternate energy source. By investing in a solar plant, businesses can expect better returns on their investment as savings from cost of power has a considerable impact.
Here is the list of industries that have shown visible benefits by going solar.
Manufacturing industry utilize a substantial amount of electricity for their production process. This not just reflects on their overhead costs, but manufacturing products contribute to industrial pollution. So, it makes absolute sense for them to offset their carbon footprints by adopting solar. Moreover, factories usually have plenty of available roof space, just perfect to set up a solar plant.
India’s agricultural sector is responsible for consuming over 18% of overall national electricity usage. Many agricultural operations are energy-intensive. For example, a dairy farm needs a huge amount of electricity to run its automatic feeding systems, cooling, milking, lighting, pumping, and other activities. Now, by using roof-mounted solar and harnessing clean power, a dairy farm can benefit in several ways, that includes saving money, accelerating self-reliance, and reducing pollution.
EIA projects the electricity share of India’s total commercial energy consumption to continue increasing, from 59% in 2015 to 65% in 2040. Thanks to solar energy, commercial buildings such as shopping malls can leverage low-cost power to control their electricity costs while being environmentally responsible at the same time. The scope of reducing energy consumption and ensuring that energy used in commercial buildings is not wasted, is enormous.
No matter the size of a textile business - low-scale traditional textile mill or capital-intensive large mills - they all depend on energy to maintain the supply chain of textile and garment products - from the production of fibers to design, development, and distribution. Setting up captive solar power plants will allow businesses to control the operational cost in India's textile sector, which contributes to 3.7 per cent of the global market.
By adopting solar energy, educational institutes can leave a positive social impact. Being public spaces, the institutes can act as promising venues where students, their parents and the entire community can witness implementation and use of solar in daily lives. The familiarity and awareness of being environmentally responsible can contribute to building a strong foundation towards widespread adoption of solar energy in the future. Since power requirements in educational institutes are primarily during the day, there is an opportunity to effectively utilize energy generated from the sun.
Urban rail transits
The operation of urban rail systems like the metro requires a huge amount of electricity. Using solar energy allows the metro system to accelerate its renewable energy usage. The abundance of available roof space at the stations and the falling cost of solar means it is the right time for urban rail transit systems to ride the solar wave. Having rooftop solar plants installed in the premises of metro stations can be used for auxiliary requirements like air conditioning and lighting etc. There are some remarkable positive developments in this space. By 2021, DMRC plans to turn the Delhi Metro into a completely climate-neutral entity. (Source)
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Contributed by R Sunder, Lead C&I solutions, India at HFE