CHANDIGARH: Soon, those interested in installing solar panels and using electricity derived from them will be able to gain access to information on procurement, installation and related costs from a mobile app being developed by a start-up in Himachal Pradesh. The app, developed by alumni of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Mandi, will serve as a single point of information for consumers. It will be able to tell how many panels will be needed in accordance with regulations, the costs of procurement and installation and the savings they are likely to incur, according to the app’s makers at The Solar Labs.
Siddharth Gangal, Chief Executive Officer of the company said, “The objective of creating this portal was to combat several problems we noticed during our internship in various solar companies. We saw that consumers did not know the benefits of solar energy and how much they require for either their commercial or residential use. They had a long list of queries and they were apprehensive of the system’s performance. This led us to develop the app.”
The app is currently in the testing phase.
“We will also report how much electricity will be produced by these panels in a year and over the next 25 years and what will be cost of production and how much they will save on their electricity bill as they can get credits from the state government for the excess power that goes to the grid,” he said.
The company plans to make money from the recommendations of brands that they make to customers who will not have to pay for using the service.
“We will recommend the company one should buy the system from and what will be cost will be and if there is any subsidy on it by both the Central and state government. We will not charge even a single penny from the consumer but will make money from the company,” he said.
23 GW Current solar capacity
100 GW solar capacity by 2022
5% of world’s solar power is in India
10 GW of solar capacity added in the country
In 2017, 40 GW is the target for rooftop solar installation
2.5 GW out of the 40 GW target has been installed so far