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Solar Suresh's House of Self-Sufficient Living


Dwarkadas Suresh retrofitted his house with sustainable technologies and processes - allowing him to be self-sufficient.

Product or concept

He has installed his own biogas unit, rainwater harvesting unit, kitchen garden and rooftop solar power at his home in Kilpauk.

Problem being solved

Reduce dependency on external resources whilst utilising natural resources and technology available to one.

Process or technology involved

  • Set up an indoor biogas plant of 1 cubic meter to process around 4 kg organic waste per day. It produces to about 20 kg of gas per month
  • Installed 3 kWp rooftop solar plant which which provides around 12-16 units a day.
  • 2 types of rainwater harvesting systems installed – one for store use and second is for recharging ground water.
  • The terrace kitchen garden set up supports growth or 15 types of vegetables.
  • Atmospheric water generator that generates drinking water out of air.

Sustainability benefits

Self sufficiency is achieved in terms of electricity, food, drinking water and cooking fuel requirements within the premises of a house.

User segments that will benefit

  • Residential Communities
  • Apartment Complexes

People or organizations involved

D Suresh


Innovations or USPs

Addresses self-sustenance at his home in four ways:

  • Dependence on electricity – installed a 3 kWp Rooftop Solar Power Plant.
  • Dependence on external gas for cooking – Set up an indoor biogas plant of 1 cubic meter.
  • Dependence on external water sources – Constructed rainwater harvesting apparatus.
  • Dependence on external sources for vegetables – Planted a terrace garden, growing around 15-20 types of vegetables.

Related engineering, science or business topics

  • Solar Energy
  • Water Management
  • Biogas Plants
  • Horticulture

Awards & recognitions

Suresh’s home on New 17 Vasu Street has become the new destination for annual study tours for local school students from classes 5-12.

Other interesting highlights

D. Suresh has given presentations in over 20 institutions, associations, schools, colleges, and apartment societies over the past 2 years. 

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Solar Suresh: Home with solar panels, biogas plant, rainwater harvesting and organic vegetables

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This Man Built a House That Harvests Rainwater, Produces Solar Energy, Organic Food, and Biogas! : The article looks at the motivation behind setting up the different technologies and processes at Solar Suresh's home.

Meet The Man Who Has Built A House That Satisfies All His Needs From Food To Water To Gas : The article talks about about the challenges D. Suresh faced while setting up the different structures at his home in Kilpauk.

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Solar Suresh - Contact Form : For more information regarding the visits to Solar Suresh's house, you can fill up the form given here.

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Connect with experts

Akash Ganga Trust - Rain Centre : The centre was established in 2001. Sekhar Raghavan who runs the centre provides training programs for those interested in learning about different rainwater harvesting methods.

Indra Terrace Garden : Indra Terrace Garden helps beginners set up gardens at their independent houses/apartment complexes.

Experiment through do-it-yourself projects

How to Build a Medium Sized Biogas Plant : The article lists down the steps involved in setting up biogas plant for a home.

How to Install a Rainwater Harvesting System - DIY : The video describes the construction of a rainwater harvesting system for a home in a simple manner.

MAKING OF TERRACE GARDEN | Gardening Ideas for Home | SHADE HOUSE DESIGN : The video describes how one must design the shade how for their terrace gardens.

GrowYourOwnFood II Organic Terrace Gardening for Beginners-Step by Step : The video takes a beginner through a set of step by step instructions on growing vegetables in the terrace garden.

How to install solar panels yourself on your roof? : The video describes how one can install their own rooftop solar panels with little help from an electrician.

Learn more

The Complete Guide to Organic Terrace Gardening for Beginners : The article lists down important factors for beginners to think about when starting a terrace garden.

10 Tips For Starting A Balcony Garden : The article talks about the factors to consider in terrace garden maintenance in an urban area.

Rainwater Harvesting (RWH) System For Individual Houses In India : The article delves into the different types of rainwater harvesting systems designs to consider for individual houses.

Advantages & Uses of Biogas : The article talks about the benefits of installing a biogas plant in an independent house.

Looking to power your home with solar? This is everything you need. : The article helps the homeowner understand the process of setting up a rooftop solar plant.