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50% of India’s fuel stations set to adopt solar

The current pandemic has made us collectively accept the need for a sustainable future. This has driven up the demand for clean and sustainable methods of generating power – especially through solar power plants.

A large number of residential and commercial consumers have now become aware of the need for solar and the infinite benefits of going solar. Today, even oil and gas companies are looking to invest in green energy – such as renewables, biofuels, solar and hydrogen, in an attempt to reduce their

overall carbon footprint. Understanding the multiple uses of solar energy, it is no surprise that petrol stations also use solar power to beat electricity prices. The recent announcement by the Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan with regard to India’s aim for its fuel stations to be operated by solar power, reinforces that these initiatives have the rightful backing of the government. Under the Government’s green energy drive, the goal is to transition around 50% of the publicly owned oil companies to solar power in the next 5 years. This would create a positive impact on the environment as a 50kW of solar system can reduce about 65 tons of CO2 per year.

Three state-backed fuel retailers – Indian Oil Corporation, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation and Bharat Petroleum – which together operate around 63k fuel stations Pan India, have decided to deploy solar panels across their operations.

So far, they have been successful in installing 270 MW of solar power capacity and intend to install an additional 60 MW in the coming year. Transitioning to solar will help petrol bunk owners to cut down on huge operational costs. While it is a cost-effective investment with an attractive payback period of 2-3 years, the benefits of solar energy to the environment are also huge. Given the scale at which the solar deployment is intended to occur across 63,150 petrol stations pan India, one can only imagine the carbon footprint this will help to offset. In addition, moving towards solar helps ensure that fuel stations are able to provide uninterrupted, stable and reliable service to their customers.

While the benefits are huge and the move towards installing solar panels across fuel stations is incredible, an appropriate system design and installation is crucial for the owner to reap maximum benefits from the installed system. This is where the expertise of an experienced solar service provider comes into the picture. All your concerns such as how many solar panels you would need to meet your energy requirements, what type of panels you should use, adherence to state specific codes, standards and policies for installation, how to ensure optimum energy generation from your solar panel, the cost of solar system for your petrol pump, etc, can be effectively answered by a good solar service provider. We at Freyr Energy have been involved with solar panel installations across several retail petrol outlets and IOCL units in the past. Our total installations in these units have amounted to around 1700 kW of solar power capacity. We not only design the system as per your space availability, load requirements and state policies, we also pride ourselves in providing you a hassle free solar installation experience and use only high quality components. With the backing of an extensive service network and a prompt and proactive team, you will be making the right choice to go Solar, with Freyr!

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