Are you planning on switching to solar power and making your home independent of the frequent power cuts? Before you take any such step, you can calculate th savings you could make by using rooftop solar power through a very easy-to-use online calculator, which details the best solar PV option after a detailed analysis of the local area and monthly power consumption.
IndiaSolarHomes.com, powered by BRIDGE TO INDIA, is a strategic solar consulting company and supported by Greenpeace and provides people with everything they need to know about residential solar in India. The website provides details on how to make it possible to switch over to solar and also has a list of vendors (accredited by the Ministry of New and Reneable Energy) as well as the essential requirements needed for a transition to solar power.
The website also features a handy tool to help potential solar customers get some background before taking the plunge. The Solar Calculator tool estimates the solar potential of any rooftop area and reconciles this against monthly electricity bills. The calculator gives insight into the costs of going solar and also provides details about the number of modules and batteries needed to make the switch viable. The calculator estimates possible monthly power generation through the solar power installation on rooftops as weel as the monthly savings which can be achieved through installing the PV system making it ridiculously simple to work out how long it would take before the system starts paying for itself.
The calculator is limited to hybrid solar PV system installation for homes which already have a grid connection and is able to provide data for houses which have a rooftop area of 100 sq. ft. as well as monthly power bill of over 1,200 Rs - 1,500 Rs (depending on the state) - the minimum capacity that the calculator suggests is 1 kWp.
Go ahead and give it a try. Why wait for everyone else to make the first move: be the change that you want to see in others.
Author: Ajay Pal Singh Chabba/ RESET editorial
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