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Procedure to get subsidy on Solar PV Systems through NABARD in India

By on June 29, 2016
Procedure to get subsidy on Solar PV Systems through NABARD in India
Note: As on January 2016, Government has released a priority list for processing subsidy claims. Schools, public institutions, etc are higher up on the priority list and residential projects are lowest in priority list. And thus getting subsidy on residential projects is getting increasingly difficult. NABARD has stopped the subsidy scheme in March 2015: https://www.nabard.org/uploads/Lighting%20circulat%2023%20March%202015.PDF

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What is the difference between solar inverter and regular power inverter?

By on April 22, 2016
What is the difference between solar inverter and regular power inverter?
Power inverters or home UPS have been in use in India since quite some time. Thanks to frequent power cuts, home UPS or power inverter industry has done well in India. But with increasing interest in solar power and solar panels many people are thinking of using Solar Power to charge the batteries to save electricity drawn from the grid. Having heard of solar inverter, many people wonder if their existing inverter system is useful or not. In past, we at Bijli Bachao

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Sizing batteries and inverters for a solar PV system

By on April 22, 2016
Sizing batteries and inverters for a solar PV system
In our previous post on: Solar Glossary – photovoltaic, panels, modules, cells, voltage, watt and current we talked about various technical aspects to look for before buying a solar panel. In this post we will talk more about batteries and inverters and their sizing. A larger sized system may cost more

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Solar Glossary – photovoltaic, panels, modules, cells, voltage, watt and current

By on April 22, 2016
Solar Glossary – photovoltaic, panels, modules, cells, voltage, watt and current
We have published several articles on our website that aim to help common people understand the basics on how to use solar photovoltaic at their homes and office. We have discussed on PV buying guide, solar panel prices, solar

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Running Air Conditioner and other high power consuming appliances on Solar PV

By on April 22, 2016
Running Air Conditioner and other high power consuming appliances on Solar PV
With increasing power tariffs, power cuts and decreasing solar panel prices, there is a lot of interest in people to adopt solar technologies. A few months back we started putting our research on solar technologies on our website and since then we have received hundreds of queries on solar PV and other solar technologies. One thing that we have noticed is very common is that people want to run Air Conditioners or water heaters or pumps

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Solar airconditioning: using sun’s energy when it most abundent and needed

By on April 22, 2016
Solar airconditioning: using sun’s energy when it most abundent and needed
Is solar energy sufficient to run air conditioners? If yes, how wonderful it would be to live in an air-conditioned place without bothering about the electricity bills! And the best thing: you use solar energy when it is most readily available and you need it the most. The question is however, can the AC run only on solar energy or does it need electricity as well. It depends on the technology and that has an impact on the cost of the AC. We at Bijli Bachao get this

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Solar electric, solar thermal, power generation, inverters, grid, off-grid: clearing the cobweb

By on April 22, 2016
Solar electric, solar thermal, power generation, inverters, grid, off-grid: clearing the cobweb
Any new technology can be daunting to understand if one is not very tech savvy. And when it is electrical or for that matter renewables, then it gets scarier. With more people getting interested in solar applications, there is more demand from people to understand the concepts in renewable space. People specially want to understand how they can use these technologies to get over with power cuts and rising electricity cost. As with every other thing in this world, solar

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Innovative lighting solution that works without electricity

By on August 26, 2015
Innovative lighting solution that works without electricity
Being an engineer my mind always thinks of using science to solve practical problems. And when I used to think about lighting, I always used to think: why don’t we effectively use sunlight to light a room during the daytime? Why do we have to use electricity? When we were kids, while playing we used to use mirrors to reflect light on to each other. When I grew up I used to think of using such simple concepts to harness sun light to light a room during the day. And

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Solar Lantern with LED bulbs ideal for emergency lights during power cuts

By on April 22, 2016
Solar Lantern with LED bulbs ideal for emergency lights during power cuts
Power cuts is not a recent phenomenon but something that we have been seeing for many years in our country. There are many places in the country that receive electricity only for a few hours in a day, and then there are some that do not get electricity at all. In many parts of the country, kerosene is still used as fuel to generate light during emergency. Burning of kerosene not only causes air pollution but also has potential to cause a lot of disastrous health effects.

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What are Solar Cookers/Oven and how can they help reduce energy costs

By on April 22, 2016
What are Solar Cookers/Oven and how can they help reduce energy costs
Cost of energy is rising in India. LPG and electricity are already very expensive and gradual reduction in subsidies will continue to add stress on household budget. With new rules that reduce the number of subsidized LPG cylinders per household, the cost of cooking has also gone up. In a previous post on Induction Cookers (link) we talked about comparison of gas

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