Bangalore Started Rooftop Solar Energy Potential Mapping Using Aerial LiDAR

According to recent news reported by The Hindu, Over the fortnight, a helicopter armed with LiDAR system will fly across the city, mapping its potential to generate rooftop solar energy.

The initiative, which is based on a 2016 agreement of Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) with the Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) and Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd. (KREDL), finally took flight on Sunday (Feb. 18, 218) at Jakkur aerodrome.

Aerial LiDAR

A helicopter armed with LiDAR system at Jakkur aerodrome on Sunday. It will fly across the city over the next fortnight. | Photo Credit: Sudhakara Jain | The Hindu

Bescom has commissioned the mapping in a bid to meet its target of generation of 1,000 MW of rooftop solar energy by 2022 from Bengaluru alone.

The aircraft will cover an approximate area of 1,100 sq. km, generating high-resolution images of rooftops of buildings in the city. The mapping will be carried out by CSTEP and the data generated will be submitted to the Energy Department.

The data mapping will continue for a fortnight for about two hours every day. Once the data is collated and presented to the Energy Department, residents of the city will be able to check the capacity of solar power generation of the rooftops of their respective buildings, when they log in to the Bescom website to pay electricity bill. The system will send an OTP to the user to cross verify whether the particular rooftop belongs to the property owner.

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