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First solar-powered petrol bunks in AP

                                                                                                Deccan Herald, New Delhi, 25th April, 2013

Two Indian Oil petrol pumps in Nalgonda and Mahbubnagar districts have become the first in the state to have solar powered backup solutions.

Set up by Su-Kam Power Systems, the solar power system now caters to the complete power requirements of the pumps, said Ashish Sethi, GM-Solar Business for Su-Kam.

A release from the company on Wednesday said the IOC pump at Kuchipudi village in Kodada Mandal in Nalgonda district is installed with a 2 KW solar power backup plant containing 2 KVA Solar PCU, 2000 Watt Panels and Eight 180 AH Tall Tubular Batteries.

Another 3 KW Solar Solution using 2000 Watt Panels and Eight 180 AH Tall Tubular Batteries at Indian Oil Petrol pump in Shadnagar, Mahabubnagar District will become functional soon, it said.

The company is also working for providing power backup solutions for nursing homes, residential complexes and educational institutions. A 10KW rooftop Solar Powered project, which will be installed in Parakala Lalitha nursing home, Warangal, will serve as a critical life-support system for the hospital, providing it clean and uninterrupted power back up using solar energy.

Solar energy enables petrol pumps to have greater returns on investments. It reduces dependency on diesel generators, thereby slashing operational costs and keeping the air clean without toxic fumes.