/Solar

October 2017

20 Benefits In Going Solar On Our Homes Now

By | 2017-11-15T16:06:56+00:00 October 18th, 2017|

1. Reduce your electricity bill The immediate benefit of it is to drastically reduce your electricity bill to zero or near zero. Solar is a one-time investment with a guaranteed life of 25 years. With the 25 years of Power purchase agreement between you and the state government, while the electricity that you [...]

August 2017

Solar Rooftop Home Maintenance : Why & What?

By | 2017-09-22T17:11:52+00:00 August 24th, 2017|

Life of a Solar Power Plant: A life of any system is as good as the life of an individual component. You would normally hear from any system integrator system would last for more than 25 years. In India, the first solar industry started only a decade ago as such we haven’t seen [...]

May 2017

Impact on Solar with GST

By | 2017-08-25T18:06:51+00:00 May 24th, 2017|

With the new GST, Solar rooftop will be impacted with an increase of overall cost by at least 5% from the existing cost. What is GST? How does it impact Solar Rooftop sector? GST means Goods and Service Tax which will be one indirect tax for the whole country. GST is a single tax, right [...]

October 2016

Net metering Vs Gross Metering- Basics

By | 2017-11-17T15:41:07+00:00 October 4th, 2016|

Till recently the policy in Karnataka for some of the consumers had been Gross metering(GM) and some had Net Metering(NM). A recent circular from BESCOM has given option for some of the consumer segments- residential, hospitals and institutional the option for opting between gross and net metering. So what are the two types of metering? And [...]

Solar Rooftop Power Policy Changes in Karnataka

By | 2017-08-25T18:19:11+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|

Giving the residents of Karnataka a chance to self consume the Solar power they installed. KERC came up with few changes in their existing Solar Power policy for rooftop. The Hon’ble KERC vide order dtd: S/03/1 dtd: 19.09.2016 has issued Modification to the order 02.05.2016 in respect of determination of tariff and other norms for [...]

June 2016

Types of Solar Panels

By | 2017-11-17T10:17:34+00:00 June 27th, 2016|

  Many a times when a customer tries to go for a solar installation, he asks about panels and their types and their respective lifespans. Generally, panels are manufactured using polycrystalline cells. But every time a question arises regarding thin film solar cells which are light weight and cheap. Then why aren’t we using these [...]

February 2015

A bit of background for the prosumers (producers-consumers) of Solar Power

By | 2017-08-26T10:50:46+00:00 February 21st, 2015|

The erstwhile Mysore State established the first major hydro-electric generating station at Shivasamudram as early as 1902 for commercial operation. The longest transmission line, at the highest voltage in the world, was constructed to meet the power needs of mining operations at Kolar Gold Fields. (Source) Since then, many hydro-electric projects were undertaken to increase [...]

December 2014

Burn Coal so that Solar can take over later!

By | 2017-11-17T16:32:00+00:00 December 2nd, 2014|

Thinking like an environmentalist and as a solar evangelist, I would prefer India to reduce its dependency on coal drastically and switch over to SUN immediately to combat Climate Change. Here is the Dilemma!  As a socio-economic activist, we I prefer to accelerate it’s Development, by any energy means, of all of its 300 Million [...]

November 2014

Solar is cheaper than Coal based energy

By | 2017-11-17T16:37:42+00:00 November 29th, 2014|

Solar and Wind energy sources  had two main issues. They were expensive and were not immediately dispatchable. But at utility scale they are not expensive any more. Internationally, in Texas, U.S,  Austin Energy, a solar developer, has agreed to supply the power from their solar farm at 5 cents a kilo-watt hour. That's Rs 3.11 [...]