The Sun Powered India Project

Purpose: To crowdsource the potential of solar power in India

Ideator: Rajiv Dinesh
Start Date: Oct. 1, 2017

Sun Powered India is a crowdsourced personalized solar savings estimator. Solar savings are calculated on the fly and shown to the user using the inputs received from them on-roof size and type, roof areas, and average electricity bills paid. As output, it returns cost of moving to solar, estimated incentives over time as output, and connects the users to potential service providers. It plots the data, thus collected, on a searchable platform for a city, state, or PIN code to see solar potential and impact across entire geographic area.

What is the project idea?

Sun Powered India is a crowdsourced personalized solar savings estimator. Solar savings are calculated on the fly and shown to the user using the inputs received from them on-roof size and type, roof areas, and average electricity bills paid. As output, it returns cost of moving to solar, estimated incentives over time as output, and connects the users to potential service providers. It plots the data, thus collected, on a searchable platform for a city, state, or PIN code to see solar potential and impact across entire geographic area.

Why is this idea needed?

Solar rooftop plants have become financially viable and accessible due to decreasing technology costs, favourable government policies, benefits and subsidies, and increased avenues of financing.

However, growth in solar adoption is hindered due to lack of sufficient structured data and information to the stakeholders.

Specifically, potential solar rooftop adopters are unable to access in one engaging, interactive, and informative platform the following information needs:

1. Basic solar information for their region
2. Potential solar capacity on their facility
3. Impact on energy consumption based on consumption patterns
4. Savings and cash flow based on tariffs, policies, tax schemes and projections
5. Applicable government policies and other regulatory frameworks

Due to difficulties of high quality existing GIS datasets, no standard roof configurations, the adjacency of properties and frequent redevelopment it is not practical to perform a centralized one-time activity to map solar potential with a very high investment of time and money.

A decentralized approach using crowdsourcing of data will help in the development of a massive dataset to solve the information access problem plaguing solar potential identification and adoption.
Similarly, on the supply side, lack of aggregated data on the interests, needs, and profiles of customers are significant hindrances in the work of solar EPC companies, manufacturers, developers, lenders, funders and government agencies in optimizing their efforts.

What challenges it is addressing

The project will develop solutions that would solve problems related to the following immediate stakeholders:

Potential solar adopters: Data production through form entry. Dissemination of actionable information that helps a potential solar adopter to understand the implications of going solar and finally leads to increased and faster solar rooftop adoption

Government: Understanding of user interest and profiles, to use as inputs to guide policy for more effective support of sustainable development through solar adoption, dissemination of information to local implementation agencies.

Lenders, funders, aid organizations: Information regarding user profiles and financing requirements, ticket sizes. Opportunity to better structure and target their efforts.

Solar EPCs and Developers: Market insights to target their efforts and focus in helping interested customers to get larger choice and offerings.

Open data, environment and socially motivated individuals and organizations: Data production. Dissemination of information within their own networks and user bases to further clean energy adoption across India.

Micro entrepreneurs: incentive based data production and collection (using Mobile App) financed by the platform, users or sponsors/ collaborators

How can the success of this project be measured?

The expected outcomes of the project are:

Solar potential identification of at least 10,000 properties based on online campaign and at least 5000 properties based on on ground campaign

Analysis of preferences, trends, etc. sliced across parameters such as geography, demographics, property types, user metadata etc.

Enable at least 1000 solar adoptions or over 2 Megawatt of solar adoption as a result of this project, resulting in increased awareness and tangible impact on carbon footprint (displace 3000 tons of CO2 generation from thermal power production annually)

Develop a network of at least 1000 advocates or ambassadors for further propagating awareness of benefits through solar adoption

What is the revenue potential of this idea?

The need for this project in the existing ecosystem is very high for the reasons mentioned above. Based on initial discussions with stakeholders we see the following avenues of financing for the sustainability of the project:

Sponsorship and advertising by solar supply side companies (manufacturers, EPCs, developers, etc.) for brand promotion,

Sponsorship by large corporates, interested in promoting clean energy adoption,

Lead generation fees, and

User payments for detailed assessment, support to be executed via micro entrepreneurs Government funds/grants.

SUPPORT THIS IDEA

Budget: 2,842,000
Requires: 80% sponsorship

Makers

Rajiv Dinesh

Ideator