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A solar-powered ferry boat, charging station and water generator. Three companies providing renewable alternatives that go beyond household electricity

With great power comes… pesky electricity bills. But if you are opting to go renewable, especially solar, you are in luck. With start-ups like PuREnergy, 8minutenergy, and Oorjan bringing you rooftop solutions for both the home and commercial establishments, the solar power market has been on a rise over the last couple of years. In June this year, Anheuser-Busch InBev, one of the world’s biggest breweries, went fully solar-powered in partnership with energy provider Amp at its Mysore brewery. Even the government’s gotten into the act — Diu became India’s first and only union territory to go 100% solar in April. But the usage of solar power doesn’t end at home. Entrepreneurs are making the sunshine last, giving you several options to go green even after you step out of your house. A look at three companies that give us solar solutions that go beyond just household electricity.

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When the Kerala government wanted a cost-effective renewable solution for their ferry boats in 2013, MBA-graduate Sandith Thandasherry pitched for a solar-powered option. Thandasherry had been working on the technology for boats and ships since 2009, and knew that with a little bit of work, this could be the answer they were looking for. And so NavAlt was born.

After two years of designing and another year to get the technology right, NavAlt gave the country its first fully solar-powered commercial ferry. The ferry completed one year in January 2018 and in that time “it transported 5,00,000 people across the backwaters of Kerala, travelled 20, 000 km without a single drop of fuel and saved 35,000 litres of diesel.” This roughly translates to 94 tonnes of CO2 and 8 tonnes of harmful emissions.Sandith Thandasherry

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