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FIMER installed over 500 kWp Rooftop Solar System power plants at various petrol pumps in Gujarat, Rajasthan & Maharashtra in partnership with Zodiac energy system, one of India’s top EPC players in the C&I segment.
India has over sixty thousand* petrol pumps spread across the length and the breadth of the country. Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) is an Indian government-owned leading oil and gas explorer & producer. All these petrol pumps typically have empty rooftop space which can be converted to rooftop plants.
In some petrol pumps located far from the city, even ground-mounted solar plants are installed.
Installing a solar plant enables savings on electricity costs along with providing clean green energy. In India, many attractive schemes are also propagated through government state agencies to encourage the adoption of solar energy.
From an operational point of view as well, a reliable power supply is critical for the smooth functioning of fuel pumps. In the event of a power cut, the dispenser instantly shuts down, resulting in a loss of fuel, money and time for the pump operators. Most fuel pumps run on a 24×7 operations format, therefore, efficient and reliable power management is of paramount importance. With ever-rising electricity and fuel costs, all businesses including fuel pumps are always under pressure to control operating costs. To combat growing operating costs, adopting renewable energy like solar power has proven to be cheaper than grid electricity and a reliable source of power, helping with higher efficiencies and reduced downtimes.
Zodiac Energy has installed over 500KWp Rooftop solar plants in various petrol pumps belonging to IOCL. Most of the inverters installed in these pumps have been supplied by FIMER, an Italian inverter manufacturer. Some of these installations are at Ahmedabad, Palanpur, Gandhinagar etc. with 500 kWp of Solar PV plant, avg annual generation will be 9,00,000 units (kWh) and CO 2 emissions reduced approx. 730 tons per year.
Recently, FIMER has supplied its PVS800-1MW X 4 nos to IOCL Rawara, Jodhpur, Rajasthan through Zodiac energy. FIMER PVS800 central inverters are ideal for large PV power plants but are also suitable for large-sized power plants installed in commercial or industrial buildings. High efficiency, proven components, compact and modular design and a host of life cycle services ensure FIMER central inverters provide a rapid return on investment.
Shri Kunj Shah, Managing Director of Zodiac Energy, said: “As FIMER’s authorized channel partner in Gujarat, we are pleased to bring their European inverter technology to our state-Gujarat. Gujarat tops all other states by accounting for 25 percent of solar rooftops in the country. It is always rewarding to help our customers progress in their sustainability journey, helping them to achieve carbon savings and optimized energy yields .”
KN Sreevatsa, FIMER India’s Country Managing Director said: “FIMER’s inverters represent the ideal solution for solar applications, as demonstrated in the successful installation of Zodiac’s many rooftops and ground mount projects. Our wide range of best-in-class products along with fantastic service and support provided by our channel partners is boosting the quick adoption of solar energy in the country. We intend to bring in more innovative technologies in the future to help the country realize its vision of being a self-reliant and self-sustainable green nation”.
* source Wikipedia.