13 things to know before going solar

13 things to know before going solar

In the time since its origin, solar energy in India has experienced significant technological developments, many of which have significantly cut the cost of acquisition. This has not only helped businesses save money on power, but also helped them minimize their carbon footprint and energy waste.
India recently surpassed Italy to take fifth place in the world for solar power deployment. In the last five years alone, solar power capacity has expanded by more than 11 times, from 2.6 GW in March 2014 to 30 GW in July 2019. This has helped solar tariffs in India become highly competitive.
If you’re thinking of going solar for your home or business, we’ve put together a list of 13 things to think about before making the transition.

A quick did-you-know fact before we begin…

Although the greatest efficiency is achieved when the sun shines all day, solar panels do not require direct sunlight to function. Nevertheless, in most parts of India, clear sunny weather is experienced for 250 to 300 days a year.
That’s why India has a tremendous amount of solar energy potential. India’s land area receives about 5,000 trillion kWh of energy each year, with most sections receiving 4-7 kWh per sq. m every day.
Although Rajasthan has long been regarded as India’s sunniest state, a mapping of solar energy hotspots by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) discovered that Gujarat receives the highest levels of solar radiation, making it the best place in the country to set up solar power plants.

How Do Solar Panels Work?
The sun is a storehouse of clean energy, and the earth receives a huge amount of it every day. Technology can now harness this solar energy, which serves as an endless supply of renewable power. Following years of research and innovation, solar panels have evolved into a convenient and economically viable way of utilizing energy from the sun.

  1. Sunlight hits the solar panels on your rooftop and creates DC (or direct current) electricity.
  2. Solar energy inverters convert DC power into useable AC (alternating current) electricity.
  3.  The electrical panel distributes clean. useable power throughout your home that reduces harmful emissions.
  4.  Any excess power produced is sent back to the electrical grid to build credits on your home’s utility account in a process called net metering.
  5.  Your utility company will power your home with the stored credits at night or in inclement weather – so there is never a gap in your energy usage.

How Solar Power Saves Money
Solar power saves you money by lowering the quantity of electricity you need to purchase from utility companies. When you go solar, you are essentially purchasing your own solar power station. By doing so, you are bypassing the middleman and generating electricity in your own backyard. The savings you realize after a few years will be tremendous. Can you meet 100% of your power requirement with Solar Energy?
Yes, you can generate enough electricity to meet your complete household or business power needs with a well-designed solar system. However, there are a few factors that could influence your ability to generate energy.
Your available free roof space, your sanctioned load, your power usage, and your state’s solar policy are all factors to consider. Check out our solar calculator to see how much solar electricity can be generated in a specific area.

How much can solar save you on your electricity bills?
Customers typically save 30% of their electricity bills when they make the switch to solar, and the break-even comes within 3-4 years. Does my state have solar benefits? Yes, each state has its own solar policies. Our solar advisors can help you learn about your state’s policy.

How much Space will you need?
Solar panels can be installed in two ways. One is a rooftop solar panel, and the other is a ground mount solar panel. The space available on your property will determine which option is best for you. For example, a 2 KWH solar plant will take up about 10 square meters of space.

Can I sell the extra energy produced and make money?
If your system overproduces, the excess power is sent back into the grid and builds credits on your utility account. These can be cashed in for any additional energy you may need in the future. This process is called net metering. According to the new net metering policy, any project within 500 kwh will be effectively allowed to go one step further and sell the extra power produced.

When should I consider going solar?
If you want to save money while ensuring energy independence, now is the time to go solar. Electricity costs are rising rapidly, and they will continue to rise in the long term. The only way to maintain parity is by switching to solar.

What are the three most important advantages of solar energy?
The ability to generate your own energy.
The amount of money you will save.
The planet-saving impact of your system.

Who should supply your solar system?
Solar energy is a 25+ year investment in sustainable, clean energy. In that timeframe, your solar installer will play a crucial role in ensuring your system runs as optimally as possible.
Selecting a trustworthy solar installer is an important part of this process. First, determine a solar installer’s local and national presence, their team’s experience, the projects they’ve completed, and their overall reputation. After you’ve narrowed it down, you can then consult with solar energy customers in your region for insider information on their solar provider.
Our staff at Suntuity has assisted a number of households in realizing their solar potential. Check out some of our to see for yourself!

How does going solar with Suntuity work?

  1. Get a free quote
  2. Select a solar package
  3. Complete the installation.

It’s that simple.
After submitting a consultation form, a Suntuity Advisor will call you to organize a site survey and provide a cost estimate for solar solutions in your area. Choose the plan that best meets your needs, and we will have your solar panels installed in no time.

What initial documents are required for us to send you a free quote?
It’s very simple.
Fill out our form, send us a copy of your electricity bill, and provide the location for the solar installation. In no time, our solar consultant will call you and send over a proposal.

How much time does it take to switch to solar?
Once the PO is signed, it takes about a week to analyze the electricity bills and set up a preliminary layout design.
The design stage takes about 1-2 weeks.
The dispatch of solar modules and inverters takes another week, with installation and commissioning requiring an additional 2-3 weeks.
Finally, the handover will take about a week.
Taking into account all of the steps of installation, it will take about 30-45 days for you to start generating your own solar energy and saving money.

Solar is here to stay. Why?
Because it is transforming lives by allowing people the freedom to generate
their own electricity, save money, and help save the planet. Suntuity is the
first step toward achieving that freedom. Request a free quote today!

Sources –
www.mnre.gov.in/solar/current-status/
www.indiaenergyportal.org/subthemes.php?text=solar
www.itsmysun.com/residential-solar-11-things-keep-mind-installing-residential-solar-system/
www.getsimplesolar.com/25-common-questions-about-solar/#q15

 

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