Indian Bureau of Mines

The Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM)
established in 1948, is a multi-disciplinary government organization under the
Department of Mines, Ministry of Mines, engaged in the promotion of
conservation, scientific development of mineral resources and protection of the
environment in mines other than coal, petroleum & natural gas,
atomic minerals and minor minerals.The organisation has always been at the
forefront of adopting sustainable practices to drive forward mining activities
across their partner organisations in the mining industry. With the
installation of a grid connected rooftop solar power plant at their premises,
IBM has further demonstrated their commitment towards sustainable development.

The capacity of
the grid-connected rooftop solar power plant installed at IBM, Bangalore is 52 kWp,
has been constructed using high quality 325 Wp poly-crystalline solar PV modules
from one of India’s top module manufacturer RenewSys totaling 160 nos., 1 no.
50 kW high efficiency SUNGROW on-grid solar inverter enabled with Trinity Touch
Data Logger Monitoring System and highest quality Balance of System (BoS).The
plant is divided into two sub-arrays, each of X kWp each and has been installed
on flat RCC roof of the building.  The
solar power plant was setup under Govt. OPEX financing mechanism, wherein the
entire cost of Engineering, Procurement and Commissioning of the plant is managed
by U-Solar while IBM reaps the benefits of clean and inexpensive solar power by entering
into a long term PPA with a tenure of 20 years. The PMC for the project was
executed by Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL), a reputed
Govt. PSU based out of Jaipur, Rajasthan

The following
info-graphic illustrates the environmental impact of the 52 kWp grid connected
rooftop solar power plant.

Indian Bureau of Mines environmental savings

and sustainable development continues to be at the heart of the mining industry
with the rising challenges arising from global warming and climate change.
Mining for minerals and ores has come a long way in terms of newer methods
being adopted for their extraction and are complemented by sustainable
processes that promise much to maintain integrity of the mining areas, the
local populations and the plethora of biodiversity that cohabitants the mining
environment. A global report carried out by professional services firm,
Deloitte in the context of sustainable mining states the challenges as
ever-increasing demand for mined resources continue to remain a major concern,
as well as the consumption of resources such as energy and water, which are
required throughout the extraction process. If mankind is serious about living
in harmony with Nature, it becomes imperative that the change starts at the
source i.e. mines and mining activities. Several mining organisations across
the World have begun taking necessary measures to create a positive
environmental and social impact in their quest towards true sustainable
development. The overarching goal of U-Solar is to persuade mining
organisations to consider solar energy as an important and significant part of
their overall energy mix with the help of innovative off-grid solar solutions
for the remotest of mining sites.

With significant
advancements in technology and the rapidly declining costs of solar PV
components and solar power systems, an increasing number of commercial
establishments are adopting solar energy for offsetting their carbon footprint
and the ever rising grid power electricity bills.This is true particularly with
respect to the mining industry, which has a deeper commitment towards
sustainability and has the immense capability to deliver greater positive
impact on the ground, socially and environmentally.


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