Hyderabad based firm to map solar energy potential
The Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) chose a Hyderabad-based company for aerial mapping of the city to study its rooftop solar energy generation prospects.
The aerial mapping exercise will use the light detection and ranging (LIDAR) technology, which is said to be a first in the country. An aircraft will fly over the city, sending pulses of light, which will get reflected back from objects on the ground.
Bescom has partnered with the Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) and Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL) for the project.
The reflected light will be translated into data points by receivers to map buildings, trees, poles and other objects, making consumers aware of how viable their rooftop is for generation of solar energy.
The challenges to the ambitious project are funds and coverage.