Tools for Solar Power

Smart Energy Magazine – Distributed Solar Power Generation – I

by Abhishek Gupta

Sunipod in Smart Energy Magazine

The original article discussing benefits of distributed solar power generation and roadblocks to its implementation has been published in Smart Energy Magazine’s Aug/Sept issue. This is part one of the two part series here. India is staring at new realities for the power sector. As supply from traditional resources looks to further lag behind a demand poised for even higher expectations India will have to frame new rules to capture the full benefits of the plentiful sunshine it enjoys. In this article we focus on adopting an emerging alternative to traditional thinking associated with power generation. We talk about distributed captive solar power generation and its potential to have a paradigm shifting impact on the India power sector. We define distributed solar power generation in the Indian context, lay out its advantages and discuss some of the challenges that we need to overcome as a nation to leapfrog into a revolution that will forever change the way we will look at power.

Read More

, ,

India – Independently Happy Using Solar

by Abhishek Gupta

Solar Energy for Real Sustainable Energy Independence

A large part of rural India does not have regular electricity supply in absence of grid connectivity. Decentralized or distributed renewable energy technologies such as solar photovoltaic with low operation and maintenance cost could provide the key for empowering them economically and socially. Electricity is the fuel that runs the engine of development. But most of rural India does not have access to this important resource and it has remained a distant dream for quite some time. Today, thanks to development in solar PV technology they can rely on the sun, and solar power, for a solution that will power their development and can increase in size to cater to their increasing demand. Although this shift in paradigm is happening, the speed must be accelerated to ensure that rural India does not get left behind in the progress that the urban and semi urban India looks set for.

Read More

, , , ,

Can Solar Water Pump Save India this Monsoon?

Even a delayed monsoon has a big negative impact

India’s agricultural sector accounts for around 14 % of its GDP but more than 60 % of the population’s livelihood depends on agriculture and upwards of 50 % of its agricultural land depends on monsoons. A big discussion, around the water coolers, since the installation of the new government, has been the impending threat of, unusually low rainfalls this year. Case for Solar water pump is simple here. If it’s raining, you won’t need it that much; if it’s sunny the solar pump works great. It’s a “can’t lose” plan for all. But it’s not as simple as that. Solar water pumping in India is an application that in spite of having a game changing potential has received little technology attention that it truly deserves.

Read More

, , ,

Is Commercial Rooftop Solar Feasible?

by Abhishek Gupta

Is your solar system really cheaper

Recently on an online forum, users asked about understanding technology and analyzing costs for setting up commercial rooftop solar power solution. In Addition to pertinent questions they were looking for online resources that could provide answers. We pointed them to our free solar photovoltaic system design tools. But, adding our perspective on the practical problems that such solutions face, some questions may best be answered through a qualified blog post. So, here we go;

Read More

, , , , ,

Solar Power’s Impact on Rural Exodus

by Guest Writer Christophe Parot Edited by Abhishek Gupta

Unskilled Day Labourer in Cities

Our biggest cities are facing increasing pressure on their infrastructure. Rural migration to urban locations has been a constant since the industrial revolution where the rural population comes to urbania looking for better opportunities. But what must be high on the agenda is to take these opportunities to wherever they are, no matter how remote. Solar energy will play a pivotal role in bringing this turnaround. Rural villages can be powered easily using solar energy microgrids as there usually is land available for installation.

Read More

, , , ,

Centralized Solar Energy Versus Captive Solar Power: Why Small is Big in Solar?

by Abhishek Gupta

Small is the New Big in Solar

The Indian solar electricity industry, thus far, has primarily focused on centralized, read Big, energy generation model, where large scale, private solar power systems, have become prevalent. We have tried to follow the established model, of providing solar power to consumers, transmitted from solar photovoltaic plants, located far away. This approach, isn’t necessarily the best for India, where a large part of the population is spread out, and has its own power and developmental needs. Education, and understanding of solar PV solutions, is necessary to make an informed decision, which is best for us. Let’s have a look.

Read More

, , , , , , , , , ,

A Haunting Question for Solar

by Abhishek Gupta

A Haunting Question for Solar

Recently, on online solar forum discussed potential for solar power in India, It spoke about how easy it was to satisfy India’s entire power needs by installing solar PV power on an extremely small area of the country. There was an interesting comment, in the form of a question. Here it is;


“How does one maintain the power supply when the sun goes down?”

Read what we think and tell us how you would address this question.

Read More

, , ,

5 Easy Steps to Going Solar

by Dr. Suhasini Pattewar

Be a Solar Champion

What better time to set your mind to a new initiative to be more in control of your electricity than now. This will be the time that you go solar! Whether your motivation centers around the economics of solar electricity or your business values to protect the environment using solar energy, or maybe some combination of the two, installing solar panels and generating portion of your own solar electricity is a worthwhile project. It’s easier than you think. Here are 5 easy steps to help you become the solar champion in your institution. With each step, you will be closer to getting ready and generating your own solar power in a matter of just a couple of months.

Read More

, , , , , ,

How to Pick the Right Solar Energy Solutions Company?

by Abhishek Gupta

Solar Energy Solutions

Installing solar PV panel powered solutions will lower your electricity bills. Solar energy solutions will reduce your peak power consumption which is the most expensive, since solar power generation is mostly synchronous with peak usage hours. Even the non peak power will be cheaper, once you start using solar power, since you will start falling in the lower consumption slab which typically has lower electricity tariff. We’ve talked before about several key components of a good and well designed solar PV panel powered solution. For the sake of this discussion we will focus on selecting the solar company that provides you with the best solar PV panel powered solution for your organization.

Read More

, , ,

Wish You All a Bright and Colorful Holi

On the joyous occasion of Holi, we extend greetings and good wishes to our readers.
May this festival of colors, bring brightness, happiness and prosperity to all.
Sunipod

Sunipod Happy Holi

Read More

Previous Posts