Godrej Coliseum Case Study

Located in the sub-urban Sion East area of the bustling city of Mumbai, Godrej Coliseum is a magnificently built commercial complex offering retail and office spaces. Businesses like shipping, auto, pharmaceuticals, BPOs and telecom operators in the complex. The building is situated amidst a fairly upcoming residential area and naturally sees a generous footfall of shoppers every day, usually walking in with their families. Spread across 83 million sq. ft, the complex has amenities such as escalators, car parking, beautiful landscaping, advanced security, 24/7 water supply, car parking and adequate fire-fighting systems. 

As expected, the complex is a guzzler of energy and had to be powered with nothing short of a highly reliable and uninterrupted source of electricity. It was VEMC’s reliability and experience that Godrej turned to, and handed over this mammoth 90 kWp project. We were especially expected to ensure that the critical amenities of the building such as lifts, lights and pump loads are kept running uninterrupted. These form the backbone for the smooth functioning of the complex and are also essential for the convenient mobility of the public through it.

The project involved a lot of pre-planning, in that the maps of the electric fittings were thoroughly studied to avoid faulty or redundant wiring. To ensure our work caused minimal disruption in business, we closely coordinated with the client with regard to the vehicle entry and exit, working hours, storage areas, documentary support and other project management matters. We were also mindful of the prevailing DISCOM standards to avoid reworking our designs in case of any issues later. A pre-installation bill of quantities and design approval was issued to the client to provide an estimate of the expenses. Efficient supply chain management and properly scheduled delivery of critical components were imperative for our project management team to keep the project on track, meet deadlines and finish within the predetermined time-horizon. Finally, for the purpose of Net Metering, we coordinated with the DISCOM so that the surplus electricity that would be exported by the solar system of the complex would be offset against the imported electricity from the grid.

The project used mono-crystalline solar modules and inverters of Delta make with a total capacity of 75 kW. Throughout the project, we had the safety of the workers and the fragile equipment in mind and used proper equipment like PPEs, cut-resistant gloves and unloading tools, to handle the equipment. 

Our post-installation feedback revealed that the client had savings of up to 1.2 lakh units of electricity or around savings of Rs 12 lakh annually from this system.

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Solar Farms- The Next Big Thing In Solar Space

Large-scale solar installations are great for Economies of Scale. In fact, Solar Farms that produce less than one megawatt of power cannot justify their cost of development. Solar Farms are mostly set up in the hinterlands as crowded urban and commercial pockets never provide enough space for their development. To put things into perspective, the Solar Energy Industries Association of the US says that as of date, there are around 12000 major solar projects generating over 166 GW of energy in the country. This mushroom growth of huge Solar Farms is expected to replicate across the world, especially in India that is both a tropical country and has a vast hinterland offering ample space for these projects.

As our energy preferences shift away from fossils, Solar Farms will attain greater significance due to the scale of production, lower costs per unit of energy and other significant benefits that we cover below:

A massive engine of clean energy:

Solar Farms unlike small solar installations have the potential to power townships, villages and even cities in the foreseeable future. You can envision a Solar Farm just like your good old hydro-power project or a thermal power plant. With increasing R&D in the sector, you can expect Solar Farms to be more productive, efficient and feasible. 

The dawn of Agrovoltaics:

Agrovoltaics is beginning to percolate the vocabulary of the Solar Sector. Unlike conventional installations like thermal plants or hydro-power plants, establishing a Solar Farm is not permanent or irreversible. This means the land covered under solar panels and other apparatus can always be re-used for agricultural purposes. Imagine the implications it has on the flexibility of the government’s planning and policy-making.

Energy for everyone:

Solar systems have a significant space factor associated closely with them. This means households or commercial facilities with inadequate space will never be able to accommodate a solar system on their rooftops or batteries in a dedicated room. This issue is however resolved by the Solar Farms that become the singular source of energy to power considerably large settlements from a distance.

No noise or other hazards:

Solar Farms go easy on the environment in more ways than one. They not just have zero emissions and can significantly help reduce our Carbon footprint as a society; they are also noise-less. Solar Farms get accommodated very naturally into your surroundings and have barely any effect on the communities, flora and fauna around them. These farms also do not release any hazardous wastes into the environment, quite unlike thermal and nuclear power plants.

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The Sun Is Up And Bright. Let’s See How We Still Face Challenges In The Solar Energy Industry

While Solar Energy is touted to be the fuel for the future, some significant challenges hinder us from making the most of this inexhaustible resource. However, as Solar R&D evolves, our hopes to tackle these challenges effectively will see a steady and upward trajectory. Having said that, the journey starts by identifying these challenges first, and in this blog, we do exactly that.

Dependence on nature:

Natural forces like seasons, geographical location and clouds determine the amount of Solar Energy that you can produce at a given time and place. This is absolutely beyond the control of humans and is likely to remain so, at least in the foreseeable future. Techniques to reduce the effect of these natural forces will have to be worked out so that users may bypass these challenges.

Quality of power:

This refers to the availability and voltage that solar systems can give us. Inconsistent power and fluctuating voltage are not acceptable, especially in commercial applications. This has serious implications for the reliability of this resource. For sectors that require emergency power such as healthcare, solar could struggle to find takers in the coming years. Only as the reliability-to-cost ratio improves in these areas will solar power will find greater acceptability.

Locational challenges:

Geography is a huge determinant in Solar Energy on more than one level. Globally, solar power fits best in the tropical regions that receive plenty of suns all year round. Latitudes further away from the equator will struggle to accommodate it. On a more local level, solar plants may have to be located in a large and open area, such as a desert or abandoned lands. This affects the availability of the resource to the human settlements, especially in urban areas that are in greater need of solar power.

Investment in Solar:

As a thumb rule, the first-time investment in any new technology is always hefty. This is also true of Solar Energy. There is a pressing need to bring all stakeholders such as government agencies, corporations and investors onto a common platform to develop an understanding and channel productive resources of the society into Solar Energy.

Cost of equipment:

The cost of installation of solar apparatus such as panels, storage batteries and VFDs is considerably high. This is quite a disincentive for taking up solar as your staple energy source, especially for households and small commercial undertakings. However, with the passage of time and with adequate research, innovation and competition pouring into the sector, the costs are expected to decline significantly.

Solar energy has gained tremendous traction lately, especially in the wake of the climate change debate. However, the formidable challenges faced on multiple levels require proper redressal through adequate research and development, innovation and investment.

For assistance to decide on the solar panel that suits your needs the best, feel free to contact us on +919819907445. We would be happy to assist you in finding the best match based on your requirements. As one of India’s best solar companies, having 72 years of market experience, VEMC provides end-to-end solar services to its clients. VEMC is ISO 9001:2015 certified and is one of the leading solar EPC company in India.