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Grampower etc. the coverage is limited and fragmented not sufficient to create the “Solar” movement needed for wider proliferation This has also led to spawning of low quality solar products taking advantage of increasing awareness but their shoddy performance is denting the consumer confidence slowing the down their adoptability and penetration of Solar products Solar microgrids are big opportunities for rural areas raising big hope for cost-effective generation at this smaller scale A solar microgrid typically comprises of a Solar panel array installed in a central location in a village The electricity generated in the day is stored in the solar batteries and is supplied to the subscribing customers in the evening/ night through electrical cables laid either over head or underground The customers pay for an initial installation costs which may also include the cost of CFL/LED lights provided and the usage is charged either as fixed charges where a fixed supply is provided for defined hours to all customers or through meter-based charging where electricity meters are installed and the customers pay as per their usage where both postpaid and prepaid models are implemented with microgrid enterprises preferring prepaid model due to erratic payment patterns in rural areas A typical microgrid of 5 KW serving 90-100 households will currently cost around Rs 5 Lakhs (including installation and wiring) requiring around Rs 10000 annually for maintenance and additional cost of around Rs 50000 for replacements costs (batteries electronic equipment etc) every 4-5 years So assuming 20 years lifecycle the total cost in present terms would be Rs 65-7 Lakhs The set-up will generate 40 units of electricity daily – around 12000 units annually (with 8 hrs of effective sunlight for 300 days in a year) We can assess the economics of this microgrid through two perspectives Firstly from a federal perspective these 12000 units would provide a total savings of Rs 18 Lakhs per annum assuming economic cost of grid supply to rural areas at around Rs 15 (including cost of generation and transmission T&D losses etc) This gives us a pay-back of 39 years on the micro-grid plant However the enterprise operating the microgrid has to charge a tariff rate equivalent to that for grid supply Considering the tariff of Rs 7 per unit (factoring in the likely increase in grid tariffs) the annual revenue from 12000 units would be Rs 84000 giving a payback of 83 years However if a subsidy is extended to these enterprises the payback period can be reduced At 50% subsidy on capital costs the payback period would be around 42 years The project will provide an internal rate of return (IRR) of 30-35% which is good enough for a start At 60% subsidy the payback period will reduce to 33 years and the IRR will be 35-40% The payback period will further drop and IRR will improve with better financial sops including subsidies soft loans tax holiday etc The question is why government should provide such high subsidy and financial support The answer lies in multiple benefits shared earlier – more supply for industrial and service sector lower crude import bill reduced health and environment support costs and better socio-economic development through education communication and e-governance Alongwith the financial support the government will have to also build the right environment for microgrid enterprises to smoothly setup their projects and operate them without much hassle The disbursal of subsidy access to soft loans and tax breaks should be uncomplicated and painless Requisite policies and guidelines should be released promptly and with minimal ambiguity on regulatory and governance Corporates should be encouraged to invest in microgrid ventures as part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) mandate Promoting wider proliferation of more efficient LED lighting products will further enhance the impact of solar power generated Besides these microgrid enterprises can augment their profitability by leveraging their presence in rural areas to exploit other synergistic opportunities such as extending Solar power to telecom towers distribution and retailing of solar products like Solar water pumps Solar lights etc In last few years telecom towers have emerged as the second largest consumers of diesel consuming around 3 bn litres annually The key perpetrators are telecom towers in rural areas where to ensure network availability diesel generators are required to operate for almost half the day Despite special efforts by the telecom and tower companies to shift to renewable energy sources the progress have been slow due to strong resistance from interests involved in diesel pilferage which has become menacingly huge As the microgrid enterprises get entrenched in the rural social fabric hopefully they will be able to break this resistance gradually So there is a strong business case for promoting rapid proliferation of microgrids by building a strong ecosystem including financial regulatory manufacturing and trade practices and support from local administration and government bodies with both the central and state governments to play their respective roles particularly on the subsidy front where the burden will have to be shared by them For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Ajay Khape | Pune | Published: February 17 2017 3:58 am Earlier municipal corporations had sought clarifications on ways to reduce the crowd inside polling booths Top News AFTER trying their best to reach out to voters spread across larger areas due the to four-ward electoral panel system candidates of political parties now face the task of keeping an eye on the voting process as well The State Election Commission in a bid to avoid crowds at poll booths has decided to allow only one polling agent for each party irrespective of the number of candidates Watch what else is making news: In a directive issued to municipal corporations including the civic bodies in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad the State Election Commission has appealed to political parties to deploy only one polling agent at each booth for all its four candidates as against one agent for each candidate “Voters have to elect four candidates as per the electoral panel system adopted in municipal corporations There are a large number of candidates in the fray in each panel and it is likely to lead to overcrowded polling booths due to the presence of agents for each candidate” stated the directive by the SEC The directive was issued as various municipal corporations had sought clarifications on ways to reduce the crowd inside polling booths it said adding “It is realised that the registered political parties putting candidates on more than one seat in the electoral panel can help in avoiding crowded situation by deputing only one polling agent for all their party candidates in the respective electoral panel” Appealing to political parties to deploy only one polling agent in each polling booth the SEC directive stated “If the political party candidates insist on deputing separate polling agent for each of them then the election staff on duty should give passes to agents of each candidates but allow only one agent of the respective political party at the booth at a time while asking them to be present on rotation basis” For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Top NewsPublished: April 8 2014 11:39 pm Top News She traces the journeys of a straight line and experiments with sheets of white paper layered on one another And it’s these journeys that her lines have made that have bagged Chetnaa Verma the Emerging Artist of the Year Award 2014 given by Glenfiddich and Bestcollegeartcom “I travel a lot and I always notice the lines on streets — wires poles etc My core practice focuses on the series of geometrics and the lines guided by the urban metroscape” says the Noida-based artist Besides the lines it’s the ‘point’ — the most basic of all shapes — that has her enamoured In her pen and waterproof ink drawings gold foil has nudged its way in Verma believes it’s the untainted nature of gold that makes it important “It has a pious feel to it and is the purest of all metals I have also started using laser light in my installations — my work is sharp crisp and perfect and those are the same qualities that a laser light shares” she says For the third edition of the award over 2500 works by 655 artists were included and five finalists then showcased their work at Gallery Nature Morte The Oberoi Gurgaon in a show titled “Five for the Future” Besides winning a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh Verma now heads to The Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown Scotland where she joins nine other artists in an international three-month long art residency programme The point sure goes a long way For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Prajakta Hebbar | Published: July 6 2012 3:59 am Related News The plastic dolls that grace fashion stores turn into a muse for painters Walk into Gallerie Romain Rolland at Alliance Francaise and you will find numerous eyes staring at you They belong to 20-odd mannequinseach one painted to portray different attitudesfrom haute to haughty Their eyes are vacant but the artwork on their bodies attempt to provoke the viewer into thinking These painted mannequins are works of art created by 35 artists in the 40 days Curated by sculptor Renu Ranathe exhibition titled The Mute Shall Talk attempts to break the traditional two-dimensional format of art by encouraging artists to use the mannequins as a base for their painting Although mannequin art is not an Indian conceptthe participating artists have depicted traditionalabstractfigurative and pop art styles The artists were not given any brief They had the freedom to choose their thememode of execution and choice of colour? So, AFP file image The 28-year-old all-rounder had hoped to add to his three Tests in the upcoming home series against South Africa and Pakistan or on the tour of India next year.But he has little chance of convincing national selectors of his worth if unable to sway those at state level "It’s just a matter of balance" Victoria coach Andrew McDonald told themedia "There will be some unlucky players" he said "We’ve got nearly the full list available and we’ve selected the team we think can beat Tasmania" As a buccaneering batsman a brilliant fielder and a handy spin bowler Maxwell has long been seen as a player for all formats but has blown hot and cold since his international debut in 2012 His hard hitting and array of unconventional shots in limited overs cricket saddled him with the unwanted nickname of ‘The Big Show’ while also opening him up to criticism for being too flashy during form slumps Maxwell played a starring role in Australia’s World Cup win on home soil last year but he has pined for another chance at test level after failing to make an impression in three matches against India and Pakistan from 2013-14 Although enjoying a fine season with the bat for Victoria during the last home summer his test hopes were thwarted by the stability of Australia’s top six batsmen during dominant series wins over New Zealand and West Indies Few would have seen his steep drop in form in one-day cricket however when he scored a total of nine runs in five matches on tour in New Zealand and West Indies earlier this year The all-rounder’s response to being dropped from the ODI team was classically Maxwell blasting an unbeaten match-winning 145 in a Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka the second highest score in the format Following that performance Maxwell remarked that 2016 was the year he thought he would "break open world cricket" As the year draws to a close Maxwell faces the far humbler goal of breaking back into his state side Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: April 24 2012 5:58 am Related News The 22 men arrested under the Prohibition Act after a raid on a bungalow where a liquor party was organised here last nightwere released on bail after being produced at a magistrates house on Monday The owner of the bungalowHarsh Shah who had thrown the party to celebrate his wedding anniversarywas also granted conditional bail this evening Police said 22 men and 19 women were detained from the bungalow located on the CG Road while Shah was arrested for stocking liquor in his house Medical test of all the 22 detainees conducted found some percentage of alcohol in their blood Based on the test reportswe declared them arrested late in the night?was exercising near her car shed at her residence in Sector 38-B, There was excitement, 2017 Deeney will miss the Premier League matches at Everton on 5 November, But the multiple reservations being expressed in public might have no policy consequence for Pakistan. the official Saudi news agency said the PM had offered to put the full services of the Pakistan army at the disposal of Riyadh. 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