Our continuous usage of fossil fuel has polluted the world and left us with an unstable environment. Coupled with the fact that fossil fuels are limited, the shift towards solar can be identified as the immediate necessity for our world’s present and future.
Technological, social growth has led us to a stage where we are now able to maintain a balance between our needs and the need of the environment. And using solar panels to harvest energy, can be upheld as the best example of our energy evolution.
India has shown incredible solar growth in recent years. Not just in utility sector but the Rooftop Solar Sector is also ascending in leaps and bounds. In 2016, Indian rooftop solar surpasses the 1 GW mark showing 113% growth over 2015. In 2017, this sector added nearly 863.92 MW of solar capacity, and currently the country has ~3 GW capacity (2019). Statistics show that capacity additions in the Rooftop sector in India has increased from 72 MW to 227 MW capacity per year since 2013. And the current growth rate is estimated to lead the Indian rooftop solar sector to become a 3 GW per annum market by 2020.
However, it is important for you to know about solar before choosing it for your own. So, let us focus on a few important things before saying yes to solar.
Know Your Energy Expenses
Before making the decision of installing solar panels on your roof, you need to check your energy bill first. The question you need to ask yourself is ‘will the green energy transition save you money?’ The answer to that question would be yes. By connecting your solar energy generation plant to the grid, you can send the excess energy back to the grid, thus reducing your energy bills and getting return on your investment in the rooftop solar plant. All of the states in India have announced their net-metering policies, which will help you in getting up your solar installation and connecting it with the grid.
Check Your Roof Type
After understanding how you can save money on energy bills by using rooftop solar plant, you need to check and make sure that your roof is capable of taking the load of the solar PV modules. First you need to know how many panels are required on your roof to generate the necessary amount of energy. Then you would have to figure out how much they weigh. These information are required for you to assess whether your roof can safely handle the weight of the plant or not.
Solar panels are not very heavy, and the mounting structures are designed with light weight metals to offer better performance without adding extra weight to the structure. Therefore, a few simple improvisation can surely help you become a solar rooftop owner with ease.
You can get all these details from Solar EPC solution providers and make the right decisions. Getting professional opinion would also help you to select the right mounting structure for your roof and ensure safety and performance with ease.
How Much Sunlight Does Your Roof Get?
Besides getting the statistics and finding a capable solar EPC solution provider, you must also check that your roof gets ample amount of sunlight every day. Clearing out the trees, and deciding the best location to set the solar panels on your roof (your EPC solution providers can help you with that) would help you maximizing the energy yield from the sun.