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How Can Solar Panels Help Lower Your Electricity Bills?


We all want to reduce our carbon footprint while lowering our electric bills. Solar Energy can deliver both! Solar was never really discussed in India until recent past, but now you can see many industries and commercial complexes having solar plants on their rooftops. Solar Panels can be installed by everyone!

Not only do you contribute to the environment if you install solar panels, you also end up saving money. The units generated from the solar plant directly get consumed for your own requirements and avoid the energy being consumed from the utility. Thereby it reduces the energy purchase bill. With net-metering becoming more acceptable in all states, the utility will pay you in-case there is excess generation from your home that gets exported to the grid.

Also, you are shielded from the yearly price hikes from the utilities. An added honor would be that you “Walk the Talk” on saving the earth!

The only amount that you would pay to the utility would be the fixed charges and any excess energy units that are consumed during non-solar generating hours or consumption of additional units higher than those generated by solar power plant.

On an average 3 kW system generates 13-15 units per day. This means that you will avoid consuming those many units from the utility leading to reduction in the electricity bill. On a monthly basis, 400-450 units can be saved leading to saving of atleast 2500-3400 Rs. depending on the charges set by the utility in your town/city.

How to reduce your Electricity Bill?


We all want to reduce our carbon footprint while lowering our electric bills. Solar Energy can deliver both! Solar was never really discussed in India until recent past, but now you can see many industries and commercial complexes having solar plants on their rooftops. Solar Panels can be installed by everyone!

Not only do you contribute to the environment if you install solar panels, you also end up saving money. The units generated from the solar plant directly get consumed for your own requirements and avoid the energy being consumed from the utility. Thereby it reduces the energy purchase bill. With net-metering becoming more acceptable in all states, the utility will pay you in-case there is excess generation from your home that gets exported to the grid.

Also, you are shielded from the yearly price hikes from the utilities. An added honor would be that you “Walk the Talk” on saving the earth!

The only amount that you would pay to the utility would be the fixed charges and any excess energy units that are consumed during non-solar generating hours or consumption of additional units higher than those generated by solar power plant.

On an average 3 kW system generates 13-15 units per day. This means that you will avoid consuming those many units from the utility leading to reduction in the electricity bill. On a monthly basis, 400-450 units can be saved leading to saving of atleast 2500-3400 Rs. depending on the charges set by the utility in your town/city.

Does Home Solar System Need Regular Maintenance?


The best part about the solar system is that there are no moving parts. This greatly reduces the need for regular maintenance or overhaul like your cars or scooters or any equipment that has motors. However, typical of any electrical system, there will be regular checks required to ensure that normal working health of your solar panels is maintained. This will in turn guarantee you the biggest energy savings possible over the next 25 to 30 years.

How Long Do Solar Panels Generate Power?


Typically IEC certified solar manufacturers provide a warranty of 25 years. They also indicate a degradation rate beyond which the panels should not reduce the performance over years. Typically this translates to solar panels generating at least 80% of the rated output even at the end of 25 years.

The solar panel manufacturing procedures that we use now has been improvised upon since 25 – 30 years. Though many new technologies and manufacturing procedures have been introduced, the crystalline silicon solar panel manufacturing is the standard that is followed world over. Hence they are incredibly reliable!

And although solar systems require little regular maintenance, we can help you with regular visits to ensure comprehensive maintenance packages for the life of their products to ensure they efficiently continue generating clean, affordable, and reliable energy for years to come.

The Best Way to Clean Your Solar Panels


As solar panels are exposed to the external environment, they are bound to become dusty and dirty. Not to mention that birds dropping, monkey walks, stickiness on panels due to nearby exhaust, dirt and mist could create a thick layer of dirt etc. For solar panels to generate efficiently, they need to be clean and clear of any dirt or shadow. That’s why it’s important to conduct periodic maintenance checks & visual inspections of your system.

You do not need any chemical to clean the solar panels. Just a plain water wash or mop to remove hard dirt is sufficient. You can also dry clean in-case there is loose dust on the surface.

In case you find that the solar panels are not getting clean with just water or mop, we would like to stress and advise against attempts to clean your panels without the proper training and equipment. So please, contact your trusted solar provider to receive professional assistance. If you damage the solar panel, then the warranty may become void. Hence kindly take due precautions.

Why do you need a battery backup?


It is more to do with how often you have grid shutdown in your area. Regular to very high shutdown calls for usage of batteries. Very low to medium frequency of shutdowns can rely on system without battery bank. The grid outage occurs during scheduled maintenance activities by utility or extreme weather conditions or if consumer demand overloads the system. This power outage would include your solar panel system. Utilities can also shut down if they think the grid will become overloaded.

One of the reasons for a shutdown is safety. When utility technicians are sent to fix a power outage, we don’t want to electrocute them. The other reason is that your solar panel system is connected to the grid via a solar inverter (or “grid-tied solar”). The inverter runs to a smart meter that records the amount of energy you use, and also the excess energy that is sent back to the utility. So if the grid shuts down, so will your solar panels.

Think of extreme conditions like excessive rains or floods or cyclone which may lead to days of power outages. In such scenarios, a pure grid-tie system will not be able to generate power for days. A battery bank is required to store solar energy and power the home.

Batteries Store Excess Power from Your Solar Panels


When you have a solar system plus battery storage and a power outage happens, your battery kicks in to keep your house running. When a blackout happens or when your utility decides to shut down the grid because a storm is on the way, your home can run on the energy stored in your solar battery. Yes, it’s as simple as that.

The system can be designed to keep the batteries charged at all times and the excess energy if unused can be exported to the grid. Such a system called Hybrid Solar System can also be implemented. So, when the lights go out across the neighborhood, your home stays powered up. Plus you also save money with solar energy and net-metering!

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