Rooftop solar tool a ray of relief for consumers

A new tool, which helps consumers measure their rooftop in order to install a solar panel system of the right size, will be launched by the Bangalore Electricity Supply Corporation Limited (Bescom) after the elections.

Crest, (CiSTUP Rooftop Evaluation for Solar Tool), has been developed in association with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and has already been tested in Malleswaram on a 9 sqkm area. The corporation is now waiting for the model code of conduct to be lifted to implement it across the city. Trials were done in January and so far 50 consumers are already using the system available on the Bescom website. “The department has received over 200 requests from March. As of now, the delta version is being updated,” a senior Bescom official told DH. “We are ready to cover the 900 sqkm of the city. Consumer interactions and demonstrations have been held in Malleswaram. Feedback obtained from consumers has been incorporated and anomalies corrected,” the official added.

Explaining how the tool works, the official said that consumers can know the exact measurement of their rooftop and the size of rooftop panel to be installed. Residents will also be able to know the capacity of their panels and the best angle. Consumers will be able to find experts for guidance and installers through the portal. “It will best suit apartments and small-scale industries as they are the ones having maximum difficulty in finding a place. It is also ideal for commercial spaces consuming a large amount of electricity and located in the middle of residential areas,” the official said.

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