“Thanks to the installation of solar, in just one month, we produced 50,000 KWh, saving us NPR 350,000 per month in fuel costs. Not only has this helped maintain a consistent power supply, but it has also enabled us to produce our products in an eco-friendly way,” Says one of our satisfied clients
Nepal ranks fourth most vulnerable nation to the climate change effects. Our country heavily relies on fossil fuels and fossil fuels are one of the major imports in Nepal. About 1.41 million kilolitres of diesel worth Rs. 153.76 billion was imported into Nepal in the fiscal year 2022/ 23. Besides that, fossil fuel is the primary cause of human-induced climate change, which is accelerating the melting of glaciers and ice caps around the world, including in the Himalayas. Between 1970 and 2010, the average temperature in Nepal increased by 1.4 degrees Celsius. This data in itself is a big warning sign to the beauty of the Himalayas that lie on the lap of Nepal. It is essential to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and promote the usage of renewable energy.
Along with hydropower, the potential of other renewables such as solar and wind in Nepal is immense. Nepal has been struggling to keep a balance between the demand and supply of electricity, causing frequent power cuts due to unreliable power. Solar could be one of the best options to compensate for these power cuts, rather than polluting alternatives such as diesel. Installing solar energy is a forward-thinking choice.
Solar energy, as a sustainable energy source, not only lowers costs but also plays a crucial role in minimizing the use of fossil fuels, ultimately benefiting the environment, and can reduce utility expenses and load on the grid while also ensuring its stability. It also decreases the need for diesel generators, contributing to a reduction in fossil fuel usage. Using solar energy can enhance power quality and provide both energy and environmental advantages.
Let us take a look at one of our client’s energy production throughout the day in the above graph. The brown line shows the electricity produced by the regular grid, the green line by the solar, and the gray line by the diesel generator to cover up the load of electricity during power cuts. From the graph, solar has generated power from 6 am to 6 pm which is helping to balance industrial load requirements during prime time. Meanwhile, from 9:30 am to 12 pm and from 3 pm to 4 pm when the power cuts occurred, it integrated with diesel generators in order to reduce the consumption of diesel, ensuring the reduction in carbon footprints and power availability. Additionally, the implementation of net metering allows the client to export excess energy to utility suppliers. The client’s 500kWp solar system, producing approximately 50,000 kWp monthly, significantly cuts the cost of diesel and grid usage, resulting in monthly savings of NPR 3,50,000.
To conclude, beyond the financial benefits, it notably shows the reductions in carbon footprints and maintaining grid stability, emphasizing the broader and positive impact of renewable energy.
Contributed by – Roshani Shrestha, Marketing Assistant