Solar Success Story: Successful installation of solar rooftop system for a commercial building

Solar Success Story

VEMC, a 72-year-old solar power company in India, has played an integral role in helping companies transition from electrical to solar energy. It has helped companies adopt smart solutions in solar power and taken over the end-to-end execution as well. In this blog, we take a look at how VEMC helped install solar rooftop systems and inverters on the industrial rooftop of Caravan Logipark Pvt. Ltd. and executed the project successfully. The site is located in Koproli, Uran, in the state of Maharashtra. The building authorities were looking to reduce their energy consumption and substitute it with a renewable source of energy.

Challenge

The main challenges arose during the excavation work for AC cabling. The first step was to trench the road where there was already a lot of vehicle movement. Next, the cable had to be placed and sand and bricks had to be filled on the top or bottom of the cable. During the final termination phase, the grid had to be shut and the connection terminated. However, there was cold storage which couldn’t be shut for more than 15 minutes; otherwise the food stored will get spoilt. There was also a dearth of continuous light and so, it was arranged source like DG for cold storage.

Our Solution

VEMC steered the success of this project with effective time, cost, quality, team, procurement, and communication management. One example of this was during the excavation work for AC cabling. The team took the smart decision of trenching half the road first and installing the cables, and then taking up the other half. This ensured that vehicle movement wasn’t hampered. Moreover, the team worked at a stretch during shut down and ensured the DG was loaded at the same time as the grid shut down.

Safety Measure During Execution

VEMC ensured the execution of the installation was done with all safety measures in mind. Some of the measures taken were:

  • Avoiding the use of mobiles or electronic devices during the installation
  • Using crane and forklift managed by trained experts for unloading of modules and limiting the speed to 10 km/hr
  • Constant training of installation staff to avoid any damage to modules
  • Thorough checking of cable for damage before the cable routing process
  • Limiting the speed of the boring machine within 10 km/hr during the earthing process
  • Use of cotton, PVC, and leather gloves while fixing electrodes, handling backfilling compound, and connecting the electrical panel
  • Use of welding goggles, face shields, and aprons during the welding system

Our post-installation feedback revealed that the client had savings of 4-5 lakh units of electricity monthly from this system.

VEMC is a well-established solar power plant company in India and a pioneer in the field of electromechanical engineering products, allied equipment and services. With decades of industry experience, VEMCO Solar was able to successfully execute the Prince Care Zinnia project and deliver superior-quality results. VEMCO Solar is a market leader in solar solutions — be it solar plant erection, procurement, commissioning, net metering, or electrical connections. If you have any requirements in this space, please feel free to contact us at +91 98199 07445. We would be happy to help you.

Redefining the Value of Solar Energy for Businesses Post-Pandemic

As India continues to make headlines for housing a staggering 17 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world, switching to using renewable solar energy as the predominant source of fuel gains more and more prominence. Although electric vehicles are gaining in popularity on Indian roads, it may be a while before this becomes the mainstream practice in the country. The government is working on creating and implementing more sustainable policies that industries will need to adhere to in order to reduce carbon emissions and pollution.

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Lower costs as many businesses suffered losses during the pandemic

Adopting cleaner renewable energy like solar has become even more relevant since the Covid-19 pandemic. The long-term costs of energy sources like wind and solar are significantly lower than fossil fuels and could benefit businesses that have suffered losses brought about by the pandemic. India is an extremely price-sensitive region so this is a major factor to keep in mind. What’s more, tariffs have fallen drastically since 2010, so it would make sense for industries to adopt solar energy on a wider scale in a bid to combat the effects of climate change. Although certain factors like a cutback on trade with Chinese factories have driven up the price of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules slightly, this is only temporary and not very likely to last in the long term. In fact, solar still remains the cheaper option for industrial and commercial businesses. What’s more, innovative technology in this regard continues to advance rapidly, signalling a further reduction in costs.

Catering to environmentally conscious customers

Additionally, the conversation around sustainability and renewable energy has extended into the realms of regular consumers today who are much more conscious of the choices they make when it comes to environmental responsibility. More and more consumers are leaning towards brands and businesses that adopt renewable energy and cleaner environmental practices. Even at home, many people are looking to install solar panels on their rooftops for greater financial savings in the long term, as well as having the satisfaction of making a more responsible choice.

Creation of jobs

The creation of employment opportunities is another key factor for corporations and the government to consider switching to solar energy as a prevalent practice. The growth of the solar energy sector has provided a minimum of 50 jobs per 1 to 2 MW of solar installations.

Climate change crisis and the need for renewable energy

As the climate change crisis takes a bigger toll internationally, there is pressure on all countries to make greater efforts to reduce their carbon emissions to protect the environment for future generations. The government is looking for ways to incentivize the adoption of solar energy, which means that there is likely to be a further decrease in costs and an increase in financial and social benefits for both consumers and businesses. This is also resulting in more awareness of the topic, with more parties willing to conserve the planet and contribute to a greener future. Indeed, switching to solar energy is an easy way to do this.

VEMC is a well-established solar power plant company and a pioneer in the field of electromechanical engineering products, allied equipment, and services. VEMCO Solar is among the top solar companies in Mumbai and a market leader in solar solutions — be it solar plant erection, procurement, commissioning, net metering, or electrical connections. If you have any requirements in this space, please reach out to us at 022-43436655 or marketing@vemc.co.in, and we will be happy to provide you with customized support and services.

How Can Storage Enhance Your Solar Rooftop Project?

How Can Storage Enhance Your Solar Rooftop Project?

Although the benefits of switching to a more sustainable renewable energy like solar are quite well known in India by now, what is less talked about are the virtues of storing solar energy for use in the future. Despite the cost of energy storage sometimes continuing to be a barrier, such as in the case of using Li-Ion batteries for the purpose, there can also be commercial benefits to the practice.

You can meet all your energy needs completely with solar storage

In a state where tariff rates are high, it would make sense for a factory using solar energy to maintain the solar capacity below the contract demand. If 20 to 50 percent of the total energy requirement can be met by consuming energy generated by the rooftop solar installation, the entire 100 percent can be met by combining both this as well as the energy storage to keep it cost-efficient even at peak hours of usage like the afternoons and evenings.

You can increase financial savings significantly

Storing solar energy for later use can reap 20 to 30 percent in financial savings for clients. What’s more, this can be provided in the OPEX financial model too. For those clients that are unable to install more than 1MWp of solar panels through net metering, adding a solar energy storage component with battery storage can make up for it.

Ramp up/down demands for thermal power can become more gradual

Solar capacity firming is a concept where a solar installation is operated along with a thermal power plant. The fluctuations in solar energy output call for abrupt changes in balancing the demand for thermal power. Not only does this put pressure on the thermal power plant and result in inefficiency, it can also incur penalties or a higher tariff. By storing energy, this can be smoothened out and prevented.

A solution for industries using batch production

For industrial applications which require batch processes to be run with an online UPS, solar energy storage provides an alternative solution. Additionally, it can even be stacked up for several different applications even without using solar.

Cleaner and cheaper alternative to diesel generators

Storing solar energy is a far more efficient and sustainable solution than using conventional diesel generators which can cause pollution and drive up carbon footprint.

With rapidly improving technology and gradually reducing costs, solar energy storage can become the predominant solution across industries in the near future.

VEMC is a well-established solar services company that provides comprehensive project management services to its clients. We are ISO 9001:2015 certified and a pioneer in the field of electromechanical engineering products, allied equipment, and services. For inquiries, contact us at +919819907445.

Solar Success Story: How VEMC Solved A Case of Space Constraint for Solar Installation in a High-Rise Building

Making the switch from electrical to solar energy, which is the more sustainable and efficient alternative especially, in the long run, is often easier said than done. This is where VEMC, a leading solar power plant company in India with over 72 years of expertise in the field, can assist you and provide you with smart solutions. In this blog, we take a look at how VEMC solved a case of space constraint for solar installation on the roof of a medium high-rise building at Prince Care Zinnia, a residential property by Prince Care Realty. The building developers were looking for a way to reduce energy consumption while adopting a more reliable source of energy and the commissioned solar plant does exactly that, with an estimated annual average electricity production of 42900 kWh.

Challenge

The main challenge in installing solar panels at this site was a shortage of area on the roof of the residential building. Because of this, solar placement was difficult and required considerable modifications in the standard design and fabric of the solar structure. However, we were able to come up with a solution after a proper assessment of the situation.

Our Solution

The idea was to overcome space constraint challenges and ensure that the area was used as efficiently as possible while adhering to the client’s other requirements, and set up a 33 kWp solar plant on the roof of the residential building at Prince Care Zinnia. 

Execution

We had to take accurate rooftop measurements and make significant fabrications to the basic solar structure. These were necessary to ensure that the client’s need for clear passage, space for other installations and other requirements could also be accommodated.

We studied the computer-aided design (CAD) of the roof layout to fit the required solar plant capacity in the available area. Shadow analysis was done on the finalised CAD drawings to mitigate the effect of shadows falling on the solar modules.

We installed the solar modules using hot-dipped galvanized solar structures placed on civil foundations. Hot-dip galvanization prevents the rusting of the steel posts and extends the life of the system. The civil foundations are anchored with the structures to provide good foundation support.

Impact

There were multiple benefits of installing the 33 kWp solar plant at the site. These included energy savings of a whopping 30.36 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year to generate the same amount of energy — just by avoiding fossil fuels! Further, we were careful to adhere to a plan that made the most economical use of the space on the rooftop of the high-rise building, thereby fulfilling the client’s needs for a smart source of solar energy.

VEMC is a well-established solar energy company in Mumbai, and a pioneer in the field of electromechanical engineering products, allied equipment, and services. With decades of industry experience, VEMCO Solar was able to successfully execute the Prince Care Zinnia project and deliver superior-quality results. VEMCO Solar is a market leader in solar solutions — be it solar plant erection, procurement, commissioning, net metering, or electrical connections. If you have any requirements in this space, please feel free to contact us at +91 98199 07445. We would be happy to help you out.