Bosch Solar, a unit of German MNC Bosch India, is undertaking a pilot for grid independent solar power projects in four villages across Bihar, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. If successful the pilots will help provide power to villages, which are hitherto in the dark.
Bosch plans to set up central power stations using thin film solar technology as an island grid independent of the central grid that runs across India. “Each central station would have a capacity of around 10kw each, and would cater to roughly 50 houses consuming 100 watts each. The intention is to reach the areas still not integrated under the rural electrification schemes run by the state and the central governments,” CM Venugopalan, director, sales of Bosch Solar told Financial Chronicle.
The four villages identified by Bosch are Tamkuha in Bihar, which would have 4.7kw project catering to around 40 shops. In Maharashtra Darewadi, which would have a nine kilo watt project catering to 50 households and Tamil Nadu would have two villages — Chembukarai and Thomanoor, aggregating to 7.8kw and catering to 95 households. The cost of power would range between Rs 8 and 10 per unit. “In 2010 the price per unit was Rs 12 per unit but now it has fallen to around Rs 8 per unit. It varies from state to state depending on the state government policy on solar,” said Venugopalan. The company plans to rope in non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as joint venture partners for its pilot projects.
Bosch entered into solar segment in 2008 globally & sees strong opportunity in India. The 30 per cent fall in prices of solar panels and latest ongoing research and development on micromorphous thin film solar panels would help the company to bring the solar prices to grid parity level in couple of years.