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October 2016

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 [...]

November 2014

Solar PV String Inverters Vs Central Inverters

By | 2018-01-17T18:20:56+00:00 November 12th, 2014|

For more details on String inverters and Central Inverters, please visit the earlier post here: https://ecosoch.com/types-of-on-grid-inverters-micro-string-central/ Many-a-times it’s inherently assumed that the bigger the better and cheaper. So ideally speaking the Central Inverter architecture (small number of very large inverters ) are cheaper and have better performance that that of String Inverter Architecture (large number of [...]

Advantages and Disadvantages of Micro Inverters

By | 2018-01-17T18:20:56+00:00 November 11th, 2014|

  Solar Micro Inverters existed since the advent of the solar PV systems, but then due to high costs associated with manufacturing, it wasn’t popular until recently when a company enphase made the first commercially successful micro inverter M175 in 2008. Since then many established companies like SMA, Power-One (now ABB), Delta and other companies [...]

Types of Solar On Grid inverters – Micro, String & Central

By | 2018-01-17T18:20:56+00:00 November 8th, 2014|

There are three type of On grid or grid-tie inverters (for details on what is a grid-tie inverter, you can refer to an earlier post  http://goo.gl/0jtWMl). They are 1. Micro inverter 2. String inverter 3. Central inverter. A Micro inverter is connected a single solar panel to  convert its generated DC current to AC current. This [...]

What is a on-grid solar system?

By | 2018-01-17T18:20:56+00:00 November 3rd, 2014|

Electricity generated by a Solar Photo Voltaic (PV) system can be directly consumed by the load itself or can be  stored in a battery bank or can be sent out to the grid. A solar PV system in which the electricity generated can be sent to the grid is called an on-grid system. This type of [...]

September 2014

What is “Maximum Power”?

By | 2018-01-17T18:20:57+00:00 September 9th, 2014|

Let's take an energy source like a battery or a PV module. When you draw no current from it, the voltage at it's terminals is called it's open-circuit voltage. When you connect any electrical load to it, current flows through it and it's terminal voltage decreases because some power is  wasted by it's internal resistance. [...]

Charge Controllers protect our batteries.

By | 2018-01-17T18:20:57+00:00 September 8th, 2014|

Our batteries are expensive components of our off-grid solar installations. So it is a good idea to protect them from over-charging and deep discharge. To do this we use charge controllers. Charge controllers sense the voltage on the battery. If it is lower than a given threshold then they disconnect the battery from the load. [...]