Insurance could protect India\'s solar panels from \'monkey menace\'

by:Tunto     2019-12-09
JAIPUR, India (
Thomson Reuters Foundation-
In last October, when businessman narundra Seti first installed solar panels on the flat roof of his Jaipur home, they drew more attention than admiring neighbors.
The monkey-a frequent visitor to Indian homes and offices-climbed up the roof, damaged the panel and removed it from the connector cable.
Now Sethi\'s second-generation panel supports 8 feet (2. 4 meters)
High, the cable is shielded and covered with plastic sun visor material.
\"Installing solar panels on high places can act as sunshades, freeing up roof areas for better use, and also keeping them away from the hairy monkeys that track the roof of the country, said Sadie.
According to the Ministry of new energy and renewable energy, India aims to more than double the solar capacity of its state grid by next March.
Only 400 MW grid
Solar energy connected from the roof today-
Top panel, extended roof
Top capacity seems to be a natural focus in a sunny country where many families have flat roofs.
By 2022, India\'s grid will reach 40,000 MW. connected roof-
According to the ministry, top-level solar power generation-a huge expansion at today\'s level-is providing 30% of government subsidies for solar panels to achieve this goal.
But in India, scaling up Solar energy faces some unusual challenges, from extreme weather conditions to destructive monkeys-problems that can be fixed not only by technology, but also by providing intense
Insurance policy.
Tanya Batra, Delhi-
The vice president of marketing at Sunkalp Energy, a solar equipment provider, said that she faced inquiries from potential customers every day about the resilience of these systems to extreme heat, heavy rain, theft and monkey shenanigans.
\"This is a very common question raised by North Indian customers.
Monkeys are a big threat here.
They spoil things, they wander around in droves, everyone is afraid of them, they even bully dogs.
\"So, when buying something expensive like solar, it\'s natural for customers to worry about it,\" she said . \". But roof-
Top panel is getting cheaper and the global price drops sharply as usage increases.
This is combined with potential cost savings on electricity bills, resulting in more buyers taking advantage of the opportunity.
Technical solutions are also helpful.
Some Indian solar companies now offer metal ties or sheaths to hold solar panel cables in place to minimize the \"monkey threat \".
Batra also urged customers to \"tilt solar panels at a certain angle ,(and)
The monkey will eventually slip away.
\"Indian monkeys pose a threat not only to solar installations.
By repeatedly chewing on fiber, they disrupted Prime Minister Modi\'s plan to bring wireless Internet to Varanasi, his parliamentary constituency.
According to a report from Delhi
The headquarters is located in the center of science and environment.
Animal rights activists believe that the problem is not entirely the monkey\'s fault.
\"It\'s not a \'monkey door\' but a threat to humans by cutting down forests on a large scale and allowing industry to invade wildlife,\" said Gauri Maulekhi, human minister in charge of animals.
\"Human encroaching on forests is driving wild animals such as monkeys out of settlements to find food and shelter,\" she added . \".
Officials from India\'s renewable energy sector say the ministry is investigating cooperation with insurance providers to provide new insurance for solar panels to boost consumption
Solar System.
Insurance will cover threats such as natural disasters, extreme weather, theft and monkey damage, officials said.
\"A group of insurance companies are inviting proposals to cover solar installations in the country.
In the coming weeks, the group is expected to submit a report to the government, \"Tarun Kapoor, co-secretary of the new energy and renewable energy department, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
If such insurance is available, Batra said, \"it will certainly attract more buyers and drive the solar market.
\"But it should be implemented faster, because it usually takes a long time for government policies to come into effect on the ground,\" she said . \".
Last month, the World Bank announced $0. 625 billion in loans to the National Bank of India to help solar distribution companies get lowinterest loans.
The goal is to increase the grid by at least 400 MW.
World Bank officials say the solar capacity to connect the roof, or nearly 5 KW new solar roof systems if each roof generates 80,000 power.
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