Solar Power Plant for Industrial Cold Storage: A Case Study

The management of the supply chain for perishable goods, such as food products, vaccinations, etc., involves the use of cold storage facilities. The availability of cold storage facilities now allows people to enjoy off-season fruits, vegetables, various cold types of meat, foreign foods, and other perishable goods. 

The Indian cold storage market would expand at a 14% CAGR over the next two to three years, with an increase in online grocery sales serving as a major development driver. Therefore, cold storage facilities are a developing asset class in India.

Even though this industry has a lot of potentials, rising energy prices are having an impact. Energy and labor are two of a cold storage unit’s primary operational components. These two parts require significant investments. The sector is strongly dependent on conventional power sources because energy is required for a cold storage unit to operate. No of the time of year, a cold storage facility must maintain temperatures that will preserve perishable goods. The running expenses of cold storage units have been rising in tandem with the price of power and will continue to climb as business operations expand in response to the rising demand for these services.

Because of this, cold storage facilities have relied primarily on diesel-powered generators to maintain refrigeration throughout the day. This method of maintaining these units not only costs a lot of money but also hurts the environment.

The easiest and most sustainable way to combat rising fuel costs and reduce pollution from non-renewable energy sources is to switch to solar energy. Protecting cold storage facilities against growing energy costs, will not only help the sector save a tonne of money, but it will also contribute to reducing carbon emissions.

The money saved can then be put to use by developing a technologically advanced and effective cold storage supply chain network to meet the rising demand for perishable goods including food, medicine, and vaccinations.

When switching to solar energy, cold storage owners or proprietors should bear the following things in mind:

  1. Design Consideration: The rooftop solar power plant should only be placed once it has been properly designed. This will guarantee that the most amount of power is generated.
  2. Surrounding Areas: To guarantee optimal sunshine reception, the location where the solar power plant is to be constructed should be shadow-free.
  3. Size of Solar Panels: The amount of power that can be produced by solar panels is directly inversely related to their size. Therefore, to achieve maximum production, solar panels with high efficiency should be preferred.

Suninfra Energies installed 505 kW of solar rooftop solution for Manohar Group’s industrial Cold Storage

Our team at SunInfra Energies had installed 505 kWp of Solar rooftop plants for Manohar Group, Sangli – one of India’s leading diversified foods & commodities manufacturer & processing companies. The Solar rooftop plants across 4 of their locations power their Cold storage and Turmeric & raisins processing units. These state-of-the-art plants use technologies from Canadian Solar for modules & Huawei for solar inverters.

Project Details are as follows:

Client: Manohar Group

Project Purpose: To Power Industrial Cold Storage

Plant Capacity: 505 kW

Location: Sangli Maharashtra

Annual Electricity Generation: 750000kWh

Solar Panels: Canadian Solar Modules

Inverters: Huawei

Are you looking for solar power plant for your business? Suninfra Energies is the right place for you. SunInfra Energies develops innovative solar solution that meets the energy requirements of the MSMEs.

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