There is a small movable house, set on wheels, that has all the electrical appliances found in a common household. But in this house, everything is powered by rooftop solar panels. It is known as the Solar Comet and is within approachable budget. The Solar Comet was flagged off on World Environment Day for 20 days. The bus is expected to create awareness about solar power. The house has power-saving LED bulbs, a mixer grinder, mobile charging points, air conditioner, washing machine, air cooler and a refrigerator.
The mini-house has an ambient atmosphere. The project is fitted with a two kilowatt rooftop panel, sufficient to run an entire household. According to Greenpeace India climate and energy campaigner Pujarini Sen, it is a myth that solar power is expensive. Sen believes this is the ideal time to go fully solar as cost of installation of such panels has come down to INR 50,000 approx from INR 1 lacs. Director of Energy Programme at TERI Giritsh Sethi hopes that the Solar Comet will bring in a much needed change.
“One can break even on their investment in four to five years. The solar panels have a life of 25 years and require very low maintenance,” Sen told ET Realty on June 6.