What Do I Need to Make a Solar Installation on my Property?
Talking about solar energy and its benefits is one thing. But when you think of practical implementation of the solar power plant on your rooftop, you are probably full of questions about whether your home is good enough to go solar.
What do you need to go solar? How to make a solar installation? Are there any specific requirements? How can I know these requirements? Also, if I am building a new house, can I optimize its roof for installing a system?
Now you can be assured of answers to each of these questions. I will try my best to clear your doubts, however, if you think that this article should include more information, then please give your feedback by using the comments section below. The following points outline all that you need to install a solar system in your property.
Essential topics to make a solar installation
Sunshine: Your roof should receive unobstructed sunlight for most of the day. This is important because shadows affect the solar panels in two ways:
- Reduces output – Sunlight is blocked when shadow falls on the modulesand the output gets reduced.
- Damages panels – When a shadow falls on part of a solar panel that portion turns from a conductor into a resistor and starts heating up. That portion of the panel will eventually burn out and the entire panel will have to be replaced.
Adequate area on rooftop: Your roof should have enough space to place the solar panels (most space consuming of all solar system components). Typically the space required per kW of system is approximately 100-125 sq. ft (~ 12 m2) depending on the system efficiency and type of panel.
Adequate funds: Since rooftop systems are quite expensive compared to the price of grid electricity, funding the system may pose as an obstacle for some homeowners. In such a scenario there are two options that one can opt for:
- OPEX model solar power system – This basically means, you don’t need to own the system. However, you source your power from a solar power plant owned and operated by someone else, known in the industry as a solar developer. This eases the financial pressure on the user. You just have to pay for the power you source from the system.
- Housing loan – Although this has not been implemented as yet (at the time of writing this article), the Indian government plans to give loans for financing solar on your rooftop. It proposes an innovative debt scheme that allows funding of rooftop solar (photovoltaic) panels as part of overall housing loan taken by households. Read more about it here. (http://bit.ly/1xtyXk2)
A solar installer in your area: There aren’t too many DIY (Do-it-Yourself) solar power kits in India that allow you to install a system on your own, so you will need a solar installer to come and install the system for you. To get a quick list of installers in your area, visit the Solar Installers section of IndiaGoesSolar.com.
Permits and agreements (in case of a grid- tied system): You will need to get a feasibility analysis done by the distribution company you get your grid power from. If the company declares that it is feasible to provide connection for the applied capacity, you will then have to sign a connection agreement the company. To know more about the implementation guidelines for Delhi, click here.
If you meet all these requirements, then you’re set to go solar. Don’t wait anymore! If you still have more questions about solar energy continue reading articles on our blog ABC Of Solar or get in touch with us.
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