Hartek Solar Pvt Ltd, the rooftop solar division of the Chandigarh-based Hartek Group, today launched its customised rooftop solar kits. Designed as 5-10 kWp plug-and-play kits which can be installed in a matter of hours rather than days, the company’s customised small-scale solar solutions are rolled out for kanal houses, housing societies, nursing homes, small commercial establishments, hotels and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
“The company plans to put up at least 100 such installations in residential, commercial and industrial categories in the next six months, targeting the Tricity as well as industrial clusters in Ludhiana, Baddi, Dera Bassi and Mandi Gobindgarh,” the company’s founder-director Simarpreet Singh said.
Simarpreet Singh added that these plug-and-play kits, which will cater to both gross metering and net metering consumers, “promise” to be a game changer in driving the demand for rooftop solar owing to the various advantages they offer. Not only do these solar kits offer lower labour and maintenance costs on account of the optimised design, their non-invasive structure with roof protection pads also rules out any damage to Reinforced Cement Concrete (RCC) roofs. Moreover, the per unit generation cost from solar works out to be less than half as compared to diesel gensets.
“Best” suited for 1-kanal houses, a typical 5-kWp solar kit can produce 20 units of electricity everyday, which is enough to run 10 fans, three laptops, three televisions, one air-conditioner, one refrigerator, 10 CFL lights, 10 LED bulbs and even a microwave oven and a 1-Hp water pump, with a break-even period of three years and four months, rooftop solar is a win-win situation for residents, enabling them to reap its benefits for the next 22 years. Rooftop plants have a lifespan of about 25 years. The 10-kWp kits, on the other hand, are ideal for 2-kanal houses, nursing homes, hotels and other commercial establishments.
Hailing the launch of Hartek Solar’s standardised small-scale solar solutions as a decisive step in tapping the rooftop solar market, Hartek Group chairman and managing director Hartek Singh said, “We are going all out to tap the small-scale solar market by adopting a cluster-based approach to reach out to end consumers. Besides approaching commercial establishments and medical, hotel and restaurant associations, we will also be conducting door-to-door campaigns to draw on the residential category.”
Hartek Singh said that addressing the major issue of regular monitoring and maintenance associated with small-scale solar plants so as to ensure operational efficiency, Hartek Solar has also decided to extend services for cleaning modules on a fortnightly or monthly basis, checking the efficiency of solar plants after every three months and servicing the inverters twice a year.
“The small-scale solar solutions introduced by Hartek Solar will go a long way in giving a push to rooftop solar installations in Chandigarh, particularly in the residential category which offers immense scope for growth. Pertinently, 1.75 lakh of the 2.15 lakh electricity consumers in Chandigarh are in the domestic category. While the shortage of space in the city is a major constraint, the adoption of rooftop solar in the residential category can make all the difference,” said Hartek Singh.
Hartek Solar’s rooftop solar kits come with an option of a unique remote sensing technology tailor-made for small-scale solar plants. The remote sensing technology has largely remained confined to large rooftop solar installations owing to its non-viability for small-scale solar from the commercial viewpoint. Hartek Solar has now made this technology commercially feasible for small-scale plants as well by linking remote sensing with consumers’ Wi-Fi or GPRS SIM card to get alerts on cleaning and maintenance as well as real-time data on energy generation and savings.
Rated among the notable rooftop solar installers in the country by Mercom Capital with a 2% market share and credited with executing the city’s very first solar project in the commercial category at Chandigarh Technology Park, a 436-kWp project spread over six buildings, Hartek Solar has installed 13.75-MW rooftop projects so far, the company said.