2020-03-02 / HFE Team
How Switching to Solar Energy can Help People of Delhi Breathe Fresh Air
Delhi, home to almost 2 crore people and a GDP of US $110 billion is, unfortunately, also home to the world’s worst pollution. Be it due to the roads overflowing with vehicles, the incessant construction activities, or the innumerable energy-consuming buildings; pollution has become a permanent part of Delhi. The government, on its part, is taking several measures to combat it – be it in the form of odd-even or putting an impetus on the transition to electric vehicles. The intensity of these measures, however, falls flat when compared with the intensity of pollution. Therefore, it is time that Delhites also took up this fight against the city’s pollution.
From better transportation methods to adding to the rooftop solar projects in India, the citizens of the national capital can take several measures to ensure the city’s wellbeing. This can be addressed in two parts: reducing the existing pollution level and controlling it at the source. Afforestation is one of the ways to reduce existing pollution. Carbon dioxide, one of the main constituents of air pollution, is converted into oxygen by plants. Thus, with massive afforestation, citizens can help bring down the city’s pollution levels.
To control pollution at the source, the city’s transportation and energy systems need to become an attention point for citizens. Measures like carpooling and public transportation must gain preferences for long-distance travel. Using fuel-efficient cars like CNG or electric vehicles is also a more sustainable as well as cheaper travel option over vehicles with an internal combustion engine. For short-distance travel, eco-friendly travel options like cycling or walking must become the norm.
Stopping waste burning is another way to stop pollution at the source. Burning waste is already a punishable offense in the capital, and citizens should not only ensure their compliance with the rule but must encourage others we well. Reporting such incidents can also help authorities tackle pollution better. While these measures can bring about significant change, it is important for citizens to take adequate precautions until then. These include using N-95 pollution masks whenever traveling outdoors and using air purifies indoors, among others.
Today, when the nation is under a lockdown battling the COVID-19 outbreak, a silver lining appears in the form of reduced air pollution. According to the recent estimates by the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the overall Delhi air quality index (AQI) is 62 (as of April 01, 2020) and falls under the ‘satisfactory’ category due to reduced local emissions. Though this is a welcome news, the cause is neither celebratory not permanent.
Perhaps the best way ordinary citizens can contribute to this fight is by choosing the right energy source. Thermal energy is one of the biggest contributors to Delhi’s pollution and reducing Delhi’s dependence on it is necessary for the city’s citizens to breathe clean air. And solar EPC companies in Delhi-NCR might be the answer.
Solar energy has grown enormously in India over the past few years. Apart from going green, it also offers advantages like low maintenance costs and cheaper electricity bills, making it an economical choice for businesses. A solar installation in India reduces grid dependence, lowering the thermal energy produced, and thus creating less pollution. Large-scale solar adoption can help Delhi enormously in the fight against pollution.
Rooftop solar projects in India have also started gaining prominence and can help a city like Delhi scale up its solar installations without any land requirement. Solar power players in India today carry the necessary expertise to install efficient rooftop solar plants and the leading solar power producers in India offer free rooftop solar assessment as well. This can help businesses gauge their energy requirements and get a good estimation of their savings by going solar.
Hero Future Energies, the renewable energy arm of the Hero Group and one of the leading solar power producers in India, carries the expertise and experience to help any business or institution to go solar. Moreover, as one of the solar EPC companies in Delhi-NCR, it understands the intensity of Delhi’s pollution problem as well as the policy landscape of the city. Be it land-based or rooftop solar installation in India, the organization has successfully executed several solar projects and made a name for itself with innovations like India’s first wind and solar hybrid plant.
The company has proved its mettle over a number of projects, be it land-based installations at Bhadla Solar Park, collaborating with Kochi Metro Rail to install rooftop solar. The experienced team, trustworthy procurement partners, customized solutions, and O&M best practices helped HFE build a reputation in the sector. The company also provides free energy assessment for rooftop solar installation in India, which can be availed here.
It is the combination of going solar with the leading solar power producers in India and improving transportation habits that can lead Delhi out of its pollution problem. The challenge is immense and continues to grow every year. For the city to overcome it successfully, it will require the support of citizens. There is no dearth of options to clean Delhi’s air, just the dearth of actions. Are Delhi’s citizens up to it?