SOLAR ROOFTOPS: The Power of Solar Power
India is home to 22 out of the 50 most polluted cities in the world.
India has the world’s 5th largest proven coal reserves. Something to be proud of? Well, coal is the deadliest electricity source on the planet, killing up to 280,000 people per 1000 terawatt-hours of electricity generated.
There is more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere today than at any point in the last 800,000 years.
And the list goes on. These facts give us a much-required reality check. Some of you might think that industrial development and urbanization are practically impossible without compromising on the environment. But fortunately, that’s not true!
What’s better than living a luxurious life without compromising on development and resources, and saving the planet at the same time? Sounds quite hypothetical, but it’s surprisingly possible!
So let’s address the Million Dollar question: HOW?
Solar Rooftops: The Best Resource
Our Sun has been shining for over four and a half billion years. However, humans have only known about solar power since the 1830s, when Alexandre Edmond Becquerel discovered the photovoltaic effect although solar energy has been used for over 2700 years.
The first people known to have implemented the use of solar energy on a large scale were the Ancient Egyptians, who used it to heat their homes. They designed and built their houses so that the buildings stored up the sun’s heat during the day and then released it at night.
In 700 BC, glass lenses were used to make fire by magnifying the sun’s rays. Later, in 3rd century B.C., the Greeks and Romans were known to harness solar power with mirrors to light torches for religious ceremonies.
Solar Energy is the energy produced by the rays of the Sun. When the Sun beams, its energy can be stored in solar panels. These solar panels transform energy into power in two different ways – photovoltaic, which is power used for electricity, and Solar Thermal, which is power used for heating.
Solar power can efficiently run air conditioners, hot water heaters, and everything else that natural gas, electricity, or oil currently fuel, including spaceships! It’s cheaper, safer, and an eco-friendly solution.
Ground-Mounted or Rooftop-Mounted?
A new solar project is installed every 2.5 minutes, and yours just may be the next one. One of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make before getting started, though, is between ground-mounted and rooftop-mounted panels.
Ground-mounted panels cost a lot more than roof-mounted systems because they require additional materials, time, and labour. Solar installers generally use a cement foundation or reinforced pole structure to ensure the panels are propped up off the ground. Also if they are tilted at the proper angle, and then wired to your home, all of which ends up being a more tiring and expensive process.
So if you want to go eco-friendly as well as pocket-friendly, you might want to give rooftop-mounted panels an edge here!
Secondly, a large ground-mounted system is required to save more on utility bills. However, it will consume more of your land, leaving you less space for recreation or gardening. On the other side, a rooftop solar panel will quietly sit on your commercial or residential roof, shining all blue and occupying no extra space!
A ground-mounted array owner will need to keep the base of the panels clear. During rainy weather, make sure that the clogging of mud is cleared regularly. It won’t be the case with rooftop panels.
Looks like we have a clear winner here!
Benefits of Solar Rooftops
Let’s talk Business!
As a business owner, you may have thought that switching to commercial solar panels for your business is a risky move. You’ve probably heard about large companies such as Google, Target, Apple, and more adding solar, but felt it was not feasible for your business. It’s time to get rid of that thinking. Many business owners are adding solar and reaping the rewards.
According to Roger Kuznia, Solar Power isn’t just for big companies anymore. Businesses of all sizes can capitalize on the many benefits of adding solar power. Solar energy has become a strategic solution that’s capable of single handedly solving commercial, environmental and residential concerns all at once!
Depending on where you’re looking at producing solar energy, it’s probably already cheaper than coal, diesel, nuclear, and in most cases, natural gas. If the pattern of cost reductions is any indication, it won’t be long before solar blows away every form of fossil fuel on a cost basis.
As India globally has the lowest capital cost per MW of installing solar power plants, it’s not surprising that in 2017, the solar power industry in India produced 1000 MW of energy. It is expected to produce 80,000 MW of energy by 2020. And 100,000 MW by 2022.
The systems have proven to enhance any property’s green credentials, whether it be residential or commercial.
Solar rooftops can add lakhs of rupees to a home’s resale value, and crores to a commercial set up!
In fact, the Government of India in 2015 set a huge renewable energy capacity target of 175 gigawatts (GW) by 2022 for transitioning to a low-carbon pathway. Of this, 100
GW was earmarked for solar capacity with 40 GW (40%) expected to be achieved through decentralized and rooftop-scale solar projects.
India has already installed 28 GW of solar capacity as of March 2019, a fourfold increase in less than three years. The potential of solar rooftops is increasing as we blink! With the best in class after-sales service, go solar for commercial business with SolarSquare Energy. We are the only solar company in India with UL Certification.
There is a misconception that homes must be located in the south to use rooftop panels; they have been proven to work in every location. There are several benefits of residential solar rooftops.
Investing in Solar Energy can pay for itself!
An even bigger advantage of rooftop solar is lower electric bills. When you switch to a solar energy system, try not to take the initial price of installation at face value, because the overall amount you save in investing in solar power is actually where the value lies.
After you’ve had your solar rooftop installed, you will no longer have to pay a heating or electric bill and the amount you save on the electricity bill will pay off your initial investment of installing a solar energy system. Solar rooftops are low maintenance and getting a check-up is affordable.
When positioned at the proper angle, panels will work in the sun, rain, and wind. Rooftop solar home is easy and hassle-free. SolarSquare Energy offers executions from design to procurement & installation to govt. approvals for your rooftop solar.
Solar Rooftops are a great step toward combating climate change. They contribute to the “Green Economy” and are incredibly efficient.
Solar panels have zero emissions. What’s more, they operate silently and there is no need for costly transmission infrastructure.
4 Billion years ago, now, and in future, the Sun will always be there to provide us with light, therefore we need not worry about this source of clean and free energy being exhausted.
One hour of Sunlight = One year’s worth of energy for the entire Earth!
With just one hour of direct sunlight, could enough energy to generate a year’s worth of power for the entire Earth could be accumulated.
Every ounce of oil, every lump of coal, and every cubic foot of natural gas could be left in the ground if only we could capture one hour’s worth of solar energy each year. That’s the scale of the opportunity.
Solar rooftops can produce power without direct sunlight.
You read that right!
Although direct sunlight produces the most energy, solar panels don’t technically need direct sunlight to produce electricity.
Solar panels can capture different parts of the Sun’s light spectrum. So even if the Sun is not directly beaming on the panels – or it happens to be a cloudy day, it doesn’t mean the hues reflected from the sky aren’t being captured and utilized by the solar panel cells to produce power.
A Solar-powered home can reduce Carbon Dioxide emissions by 100 tons within 30 years
Pollution is one of the biggest global killers, affecting over 100 million people. That’s comparable to global diseases like malaria and HIV.
Coal plants are the largest producers of carbon emissions, which contribute to global warming. Oil hurts the planet too. Greenhouse gas emissions by India are the third largest in the world and the main source is coal. India emits about 3 gigatonnes of greenhouse gases each year; about two and a half tons per person, which is half the world average. The country emits 7% of global emissions.
Sunil Dahiya, senior air pollution campaigner, Greenpeace India said,”If we want to bring down the air pollution levels in the country, specifically in north India, then our top priority should be reducing emissions from fossil fuels, especially from coal thermal power plants, industries and vehicles and we come out with a NCAP with clear time bound sectoral targets.”
The popularity of Solar power continues to grow in the US, which is currently the third-largest solar market in the world. With the price of solar energy systems getting lower, it is becoming a really appealing energy choice for Americans. If this is the case with the global Superpower, isn’t it worth the investment all over the globe?
Isn’t there a lot more to Solar rooftops than you may have known earlier? If taken seriously and harnessed properly, humankind would never again require any other non-renewable sources of energy to fuel its requirements and the Earth can gradually become a more sustainable place to live in.
So why not get on board with solar panels for your homes and commercial industries? Solar Square can help you become a part of the ‘Go Solar’ movement, enriching the quality and standard of life!
Now is the time to take a step towards birthing a planet-saving Solar Revolution! Contact us and GO SOLAR! Reach out to us for the best advice on your solar needs. SolarSquare Energy would love to advise you.