Soham Renewable Energy was born with the idea that clean green energy is not just an option anymore, it is a dire necessity to protect our environment and satisfy the ever fast growing energy consumption rate. Today’s burning issues such as global warming, energy shortage , increasing pollution & fluctuating oil prices, validated our belief in renewable energy.
World trends in energy have shifted towards renewable energy sources, and because of this small hydroelectric projects have become increasingly popular. Small hydroelectric projects are believed to have zero impact on environment unlike big hydroelectric plants that can cause damage to nearby ecosystems, and often cause flooding. Hydropower technology, which is considered as the renewable energy source is today technically not only most known but also most developed on global level, with the very high level of efficiency. 22 percent of world’s electricity generation comes from the small and big hydro power plants.
CLEAN GREEN ENERGY ADVANTAGE OF SMALL HYDRO: In comparison with other type of power plants here are some of the advantages of small hydroelectric power projects:
- There is no displacement of population so people’s livelihood and home are safe
- Life of small hydro is around 100 years so future generation around plant have a ready source of employment
- Nearby agriculture lands are safe and do not fear flooding which happens with Large Hydro plant
- Existing flora and fauna are unharmed
- There is no extra costs related with the distribution of electricity
- There is no negative impact on nearby ecosystems as water is let out
- Relatively cheaper maintenance
The first hydel power plant of 22 MW work started in 2001 at Jog waterfalls (South East Asia’s largest waterfall) called Ambuthirtha Power Private Limited (APPL). This project is the first of its kind in India to be registered under the United Nations for Framework convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which started generating power in 2007. The company has also shown its understanding of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) space by selling its Certified Emission Reductions (CERS) commonly known as carbon credits to Japan’s second largest power utility.
With first project taking off smoothly, Sanjith then decided to take on another challenge of taking over an abandoned partially built hydro power near Moodabidri and rebuilt it .This is a 15 MW “run of the river” hydro project located across the Gurupur River. Acquired in a run-down state, it took all of Soham’s engineering skills and determination to turn this project into the resounding success it is today. This highlights how Soham’s ‘never say die’ attitude has allowed it to raise the bar. The project was commissioned in September 2009 and functions on the same eco-friendly principles of the first project.
This was soon followed by commissioning a 6 MW “run of the river” Mahadevapura Small Hydel Project in 2014, located on the Cauvery River, Mandya District, and Karnataka. Then in 2015 Mulibettu Small Hydel Project was commissioned successfully. This is a 10.5MW “run of the river” scheme located on the Gurupur River in Moodabidri, right down to our Mannapitlu project utilizing the common facility corridor.
All four projects showcases Soham’s expertise and reiterates its commitment to use clean, green technologies to reduce the effects of global warming. With its track record of hands on leadership, project execution excellence, world class processes, and dedicated green initiatives, Soham is confidently striding forward towards a multi-fold growth with full commitment to its future generations.
CLEAN ENERGY ADVANTAGE OF SMALL HYDRO:
All our four hydro projects are 100% Eco, Enviro and People friendly. With minimal reservoirs, small hydro does not impact the environment compared to large hydro units. The best part is not only does small hydro produce cleaner electricity than fossil fuels, but as the water passes through the generator, it is directed back into the stream and leaves almost no impact on the surrounding environment.
SANJITH S. SHETTY