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First Portable Solar Rooftop System Unveiled at Akshardham Temple, Gandhinagar

The PV Port systems, designed by GIZ, are standard plug-and-play photovoltaic systems with or without battery storage that have a minimum capacity of 2 kWp. According to the statement,

Shivam Dwivedi
GIZ Team at Akshardham Temple, Gandhinagar
GIZ Team at Akshardham Temple, Gandhinagar

India’s first portable solar rooftop system was unveiled at Gandhinagar's Swaminarayan Akshardham temple complex recently. The German development agency Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) supported the installation of 10 PV Port systems in the temple complex, according to a statement.

The PV Port systems, designed by GIZ, are standard plug-and-play photovoltaic systems with or without battery storage that have a minimum capacity of 2 kWp. According to the statement, "India's first portable solar rooftop system was inaugurated at the Swaminarayan Akshardham temple complex in Gandhinagar."

The PV Ports were made under the Make in India project by Servotech Power Systems Ltd (SPSL), a leading manufacturer of high-end solar products such as LEDs, oxygen concentrators, and EV charging equipment based in New Delhi.

"The unique PV Port system is paving the way for greater solar power adoption in India," said Raman Bhatia, founder and Managing Director of Servotech Power Systems Ltd.

The 10 PV Port systems were unveiled in the presence of Shwetal Shah, Advisor, Gujarat Government's Climate Change Department, as well as representatives from GIZ, GERMI, and the Swaminarayan Akshardham temple.

Jorg Gabler, Principal Advisor for Renewable Energy IntegrationGIZ India stated in the Indian Electricity System (I-RE) project that "Consumers are expected to benefit greatly from such collaborations and the synergies that result. We are confident that the partnerships will provide us with insights into emerging challenges and opportunities at the city level, allowing us to replicate the results in other cities across India."

Servotech Power Systems has already installed more than 30 PV Port systems in Gandhinagar, including at Pandit Deendayal Energy University, GSPC Bhavan, Indroda Park, NIFT, Arya Bhavan, and other locations.

The PV Port system is extremely cost-effective, requires little maintenance, has a long shelf life of 25-30 years, is simple to install by one person, and is well-suited to the Indian climate.

It is designed to be completely self-sufficient, with no power being fed into the grid. Unlike other conventional solar PV systems, the PV Port system's design makes use of the space beneath the panels. Each system saves an average of Rs 24,000 per year on electricity bills.

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