In a major development towards the environment and its cause, the Delhi government unveiled the city's first urban microgrid system setting it up at Shivalik in Malviya Nagar. The newly launched power grid which is both solar and battery enabled is going to save 115 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually, is set up under the Indo-German Solar Partnership Project (IGSEP). The system is capable of ensuring continuous supply from solar and stored battery energy saving from any outages, said a spokesperson of power discom BSES.
Delhi Power Minister, Satyendra Jain, inaugurated the facility for a cost of Rs 5.5 crore, the microgrid system consists of 100 KWp solar and 466 kWh Lithium-Ion Battery Energy Storage System (BESS), said BSES spokesperson.
Jain in his tweet confirmed, "Inaugurated a smart micro-grid Solar Power Station & Charging Station at Malviya Nagar. Highly grateful to the Government of Germany for their assistance. This is a great innovation in the power sector & we're looking forward to replicate this technology on a larger scale".
Commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in Germany, which has signed an agreement through GIZ India, with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India, said the BSES spokesperson.
The microgrid has several unique benefits, including reliable clean power-back for up to two hours, production of about 1.5 lakh units of clean energy per annum, and offset of CO2 emissions of about 115 tons every year, the spokesperson said. Microgrids offer tremendous benefits to both consumers and discoms. The urban microgrids will significantly increase the reliability and flexibility of the distribution network.