The maximum size of the system you can install depends on the amount of appropriate roof and/or ground space available and how much you want to spend. Most of our installations are sized for optimum savings, rather than maximum size.
Also ask yourself, do you want the system to supply your complete energy usage or to supplant a portion of your higher cost energy usage? You can contact OM SOLAR system designer/installer to determine what type of system would suit your needs.
Yes! While you may still have to pay a minimal connection fee to stay connected to the electrical grid BUT you can reduce your net electricity costs to ZERO per month. Ask us how by requesting a solar panel estimate.
The cost of solar panels has decreased significantly in the past few years, and there are also many programs in place to help homeowners get the system in place. The cost of a solar panel system depends on many factors, especially the size of the system. More panels mean a higher cost, but also more energy produced. Because each home has different energy needs, the best way to find out the cost of a solar power system is to get a professional estimate.
Solar panels are made up of many solar cells that have been joined together. These cells are made using materials that have a photoelectric effect, which means that they produce electricity when they’re struck by photons (i.e., light). Solar cells capture the electricity produced when the photoelectric materials are hit by sunlight, and send that electricity to an inverter. This inverter then transforms the electricity from direct current (DC) into a form that can be used in your home: alternating current electricity (AC). In most cases, the system also includes batteries, which store excess power until you need it.
OM SOLAR helps you obtain the maximum subsidy credit or benefits of accelerated depreciation for your solar installation. We handle all the necessary applications for local and other state solar incentives. Not only does this simplify the process for you, it also ensures that you don’t miss any incentives. We can even find other incentives that you and other solar installers may not know about.
In most cases, yes, you do. Your OM SOLAR family will takes care of this for you. Installing solar panels in Indian communities is easier when you have OM SOLAR navigating the permission process for you.
Your home’s solar energy production can vary based on the size of your system and its location. To get an accurate estimate, request for a FREE solar consultation.
It depends on your current energy bills are and your energy goals. Most residential solar installations are between 2 kW and 10 kW. A typical solar panel installation provides around 80% of the household’s energy. Ask your OM SOLAR about your requirements.
Solar panels are modular, meaning that your system can be scaled to fit your roof. Generally, each kW of PV takes up about 100 square feet of roof space. A typical 5kW system, for example, would require 500 square feet of roof space. Ask your OM SOLAR engineer to find out the optimum size that can be customized as per available space on roof.
The solar panels we install are high-quality panels with a life expectancy of more than 30 years. We guarantee the power output for the first 25 years of operation.
The best way to ensure and extend the life and effectiveness of your PV system is by having it installed and maintained properly. Experience has shown that most problems occur because of poor or sloppy system installation.
PV panel maintenance is amazingly simple. Many homeowners wish to clean solar panels regularly, but other than that, no routine maintenance of solar panels is necessary.
No. Our solar panels are extremely rugged. Panels that we install are made from tempered, shatterproof glass. They’re engineered to withstand hailstorms with one-inch hail striking at more 50 mph. Plus, these durable PV panels can survive snow loads up to 112psf.
Yes, your home solar system provides some power on rainy or overcast days. However, you might not get maximum output. On days when the sun isn’t shining, the electric grid will provide reliable electricity to your home.
Not at all! Once installed, your solar PV system works automatically. You get reliable electricity and incredible convenience and ease-of-use.
Yes, ground-mounted solar photovoltaic systems are ideal for many homeowners. Consult with your OM SOLAR to discuss your options.
We do not recommend installing yourself solar energy system. As it require a licensed electrician to connect your PV system to the grid. Do-it-yourself can result in serious expenses and risks.
The expert solar installers at OM SOLAR will make sure your system is well designed and qualifies for the maximum possible rebates and other incentives.
No, this is a common misconception. A typical solar installation will provide an energy payback in 3 years-to-4 years.
In most cases, the answer is no. As Grid Tied solar PV installations are usually connected to the grid, which means that if the power grid goes down, you’ll lose electric power, too. In this type of situation you can take the help of battery banks and switchable inverters available for backup power; however, these systems will cost extra. Ask your OM SOLAR for details.
What do we mean by photovoltaics? The word itself helps to explain how photovoltaic (PV) or solar electric technologies work. First used in about 1890, the word has two parts: photo, a stem derived from the Greek phos, which means light, and volt, a measurement unit named for Alessandro Volta (1745-1827), a pioneer in the study of electricity. So, photovoltaics could literally be translated as light-electricity. And that's just what photovoltaic materials and devices do; they convert light energy to electricity, as Edmond Becquerel and others discovered in the 18th Century.
When certain semiconducting materials, such as certain kinds of silicon, are exposed to sunlight, they release small amounts of electricity. This process is known as the photoelectric effect. The photoelectric effect refers to the emission, or ejection, of electrons from the surface of a metal in response to light. It is the basic physical process in which a solar electric or photovoltaic (PV) cell converts sunlight to electricity.
Sunlight is made up of photons, or particles of solar energy. Photons contain various amounts of energy, corresponding to the different wavelengths of the solar spectrum. When photons strike a PV cell, they may be reflected or absorbed, or they may pass right through. Only the absorbed photons generate electricity. When this happens, the energy of the photon is transferred to an electron in an atom of the PV cell (which is actually a semiconductor).
With its newfound energy, the electron escapes from its normal position in an atom of the semiconductor material and becomes part of the current in an electrical circuit. By leaving its position, the electron causes a hole to form. Special electrical properties of the PV cell—a built-in electric field—provide the voltage needed to drive the current through an external load (such as a light bulb).
A PV system is made up of different components. These include PV modules (groups of PV cells), which are commonly called PV panels; one or more batteries; a charge regulator or controller for a stand-alone system; an inverter for a utility-grid-connected system and when alternating current (ac) rather than direct current (dc) is required; wiring; and mounting hardware or a framework.
There are four main types of solar energy technologies:
PV can be used to power your entire home's electrical systems, including lights, cooling systems, and appliances. PV systems today can be blended easily into both traditional and nontraditional homes. The most common practice is to mount modules onto a south-facing roof or wall.
PV systems can be blended into virtually every conceivable structure for commercial buildings. You will find PV being used outdoors for security lighting as well as in structures that serve as covers for parking lots and bus shelters, generating power at the same time.
A photovoltaic (PV) system needs unobstructed access to the sun's rays for most or all of the day. Shading on the system can significantly reduce energy output. Climate is not really a concern, because PV systems are relatively unaffected by severe weather. In fact, some PV modules actually work better in colder weather. Most PV modules are angled to catch the sun's rays, so any snow that collects on them usually melts quickly. There is enough sunlight to make solar energy systems useful and effective nearly everywhere in India.
The land required for a 1 MW power plant setup is around 4.5-5 acres for crystalline technology and around 6.5-7.5 acres for Thin-Film technology. This is only a rough benchmark and may vary based on technology and efficiency of panels.
The usual benchmark for energy generated from a 1 MW Solar Power plant is considered as 1.5 Million units. This is only a benchmark and should not be considered as the actual output for a given location. The amount of actual energy generated from a Solar Power Plant in an year depends on both internal and external factors. External factors which are beyond the control of a Solar developer can include the following:
The output also depends on the following internal factors all of which are within the control of a Solar Developer:
The various modes under which a Solar Power plant can be setup depends on the specific requirement. All the following are valid modes and the costs for each kind of system varies based on various factors:
Identifying the Solar Power plant size for your domestic or commercial premises depends on the following factors:
Based on these factors, the power plant sizing can be accordingly done at your end.
Why should I purchase a PV system? People decide to buy solar energy systems for a variety of reasons. For example, Some individuals buy solar products to preserve the Earth's finite fossil-fuel resources and to reduce air pollution. Others would rather spend their money on an energy-producing improvement to their property than send their money to a utility. Some people like the security of reducing the amount of electricity they buy from their utility, because it makes them less vulnerable to future increases in the price of electricity. If it's designed correctly, a solar system might be able to provide power during a utility power outage, thereby adding power reliability to your home. Finally, some individuals live in areas where the cost of extending power lines to their home is more expensive than buying a solar energy system.
Net metering is a policy that allows homeowners to receive the full retail value for the electricity that their solar energy system produces. The term net metering refers to the method of accounting for the photovoltaic (PV) system's electricity production. Net metering allows homeowners with PV systems to use any excess electricity they produce to offset their electric bill. As the homeowner's PV system produces electricity, the kilowatts are first used for any electric appliances in the home. If the PV system produces more electricity than the homeowner needs, the extra kilowatts are fed into the utility grid. ________________________________________
Every solar water-heating system features a solar collector that faces the sun to absorb the sun's heat energy. This collector can either heat water directly or heat a "working fluid" that's then used to heat the water. In active solar water-heating systems, a pumping mechanism moves heated water through the building. In passive solar water-heating systems, the water moves by natural convection. In almost all cases, solar water-heating systems work in tandem with conventional gas or electric water-heating systems; the conventional systems operate as needed to ensure a reliable supply of heated water.
There are many types of solar water heaters. Each has strengths to recommend it for specific climates and water conditions. Solar system professionals can help you select the most appropriate system for your area and your needs.
Not completely. Conventional electric or gas water heating systems are still necessary as a supplement to the solar water heating system, largely because the sun might not shine in a particular area for several days at a time. However, because solar water heaters are designed provide hot water directly to the tank of a gas or electric water heater, they reduce the need for the water heater to run on conventional fuels. And this in turn reduces your gas or electric bill. Depending on where you live, solar water heaters can provide up to 80% of your home's annual water-heating needs.
Using a solar system to heat a swimming pool is the most common use for solar energy now a today. Solar pool-heating systems increase an unheated pool's water temperature by 10 degrees or more, and they can extend the swimming season by two to three months.
First, the fuel is free! Once you recover the higher initial costs of a solar system through reduced or avoided energy costs (that is, lower utility bills), your solar system will require expenditures only for maintenance. And when you include the cost of a solar water heater in a mortgage on a new home, the system often provides a positive monthly cash flow from the first day of ownership.
Second, solar water heaters and other solar technology applications do not pollute. They do not add to the carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and other air pollutants and wastes produced by most of today's power plants, even those that run on natural gas. And they allow you to burn less natural gas in your home, as well.
Unfortunately, there is no one answer to this question. The cost of a solar system depends on a number of factors, such as the size of the system and the particular system manufacturer, retailer, and installer. However, any solar rebates and other incentives available in your area will reduce that total cost.
For solar water heaters and space heaters, you will also be taking into consideration the price of the fuel used to back up the system. In most cases, you will have to add in the cost of supplemental natural gas or electricity to get a fairly accurate estimate of how much you can expect to pay for a solar system.
It is difficult to say how much you will save with a solar system. That depends on several factors, including how much you already pay your local utility for electricity or natural gas. You can ask OM SOLAR power systems professional how much heat your new system will produce on an annual basis and then subtract that number from your current annual consumption—the total amount of electricity and gas you use—to get an idea of how much you will save. Data on your current annual consumption should be available from your utility.
Apply for Allocation of CFA to UPNEDA’s District Project Office on Project Proposal Form for Grid connected Rooftop System available on MNRE site www.mnre.gov.in .