Solar is great. No doubt about it. It is clean, can be installed on your own roof or backyard. And what's even better...it can be cheaper than coal, oil or even your grid electricity. However, the key phrase here is 'can be'. This is also the reason behind this post - you can maximize your returns from solar only if the right demand analysis is done. The picture below shows the reason. Solar production without batteries varies like the blue curve shown below. On a typical sunny day the production starts at low levels, peaks around noon, before going down to zero around sunset.
At EnerMark, we have always believed that, beyond the obvious energy shortage, not having the means to obtain accurate energy related information is the root cause of energy crisis in India. Energy savings can be achieved only if you can first reliably measure your usage, actual costs and equipment efficiencies etc.
Much before anyone installs a solar energy system, the first question that crosses everyone's mind is, "Do I have a good site for solar? How do I evaluate the basics?" Most solar installers provide site assessment before installation, but frankly an initial basic assessment is not exactly rocket science. And although solar electricity costs today are almost at parity with those being supplied by most utility grids, unsuitable sites and bad installations are the top reasons why solar installations sometimes don't live up to performance expectations.
This post is intended to describe how to interpret a solar project report generated by the EnerMark estimator. The report is generated when a user estimates project returns by accessing How much Money you can make by installing solar on the EnerMark homepage. If you are interested in knowing more about the actual procedure to generate a project report, click on our previous blog post here.
This post is intended to explain how to use EnerMark website to estimate financial returns from solar projects, that you may be interested in installing. EnerMark brings you proprietary data and analytic tools, that are at par or better than those used by large solar companies, to estimate returns for utility size projects. It may sound complicated, but I assure, it is pretty simple once you get the hang of it. So, let's get started.
In 2013, India produced 1102.9 TeraWattHours of electricity. In fact, India is the 3rd largest electricity producer in the world after China and US. Sounds like a lot, but as anyone who has experienced that Indian summer ritual of a 'power cut' will tell you, it is just not enough. India has an annual energy shortfall of about 7%. This is despite the fact that per capita consumption of electricity in India is way too low, even when compared with countries in similar stages of economic development. To put that in perspective, very simplistically:
As part of our thinking on how to introduce Enermark, we have always wanted to start by writing something describing the problem we are trying to solve. After all, we have not so humbly claimed on our landing page that our ultimate aim is to help solve India's energy shortage problem. But, words can't really describe, the struggle for power (pun intended), that goes on every day in India, as does this documentary with an offbeat name, Katiyabaaz. Although, the name may not make sense to many of us, but the message will not be lost on any Indian, even in the short trailer from the documentary below.
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