Solar Panel Performance And Energy Savings

Alright, so I got my solar panels and solar management unit setup all done. Now for the results. According to the spec sheet of my solar panel, it should be able to generate peak output of 320 W. And it certainly did. In fact on some rare occasions it actually produced more than the rated capacity! I was really surprised that something can outperform a spec sheet. From the spec sheet, the panel is supposed to produce 320 W with an irradiance of 1000 W/m2 under standard test conditions (STC). Whatever that means. After a little bit of digging on … Continue reading “Solar Panel Performance And Energy Savings”

Solar Panel Project – Do It Yourself

I was finally ready to install solar panels. After having made all the calculations, I arrived at the fact that I could get the return on investment in 5 years. But I had an even better idea. I decided do build it myself. What better way to learn about solar power except by doing it yourself! I always prefer to do things myself rather than letting some one else do the job for me. My work will be subpar at best, but it not only gives me a great opportunity to learn something new, but is also a lot of … Continue reading “Solar Panel Project – Do It Yourself”

Solar Panel Project – Inception

I have been wanting to setup solar panels for several years now. It all started way back in August 2015 when for the first time the electricity bill touched Rs. 2,000. We don’t even have air conditioner so what gives? At this point I started looking at the past bills and noticed the slow rise in unit rates. If you are interested, I already wrote a post on the inflation of electricity bill. That got me thinking if it is time for some solar panels. The start of the journey So in 2015 I started my research into solar power. … Continue reading “Solar Panel Project – Inception”

Our Real Power Bill Inflation

In the last post I showed you that the electricity inflation over the last 9 was around 7% in Bangalore. Of course the inflation depends on how many units you use. If you are in the lower or higher slab than me then perhaps the inflation may be different for you. Power usage Below you can take look at our power usage (number of units consumed per month) in the last 9 years. As you will notice, the trend line has been trending down over the years. The number of units consumed went down from around 270 units in 2012 … Continue reading “Our Real Power Bill Inflation”

Power Bill Inflation

I don’t normally talk about my inflation numbers in this blog, because I don’t have a lot of data. I am the kind of guy who needs data to talk about things. To make sense of inflation we need at least 7 years worth of data. Ten years data will be more useful though. Thankfully I have some of my electricity bills since 2012. So there is long enough history to see the inflation in electricity bills in Bangalore. From 2012 to 2014 I have some bills but not all. From 2015 onwards I have the bills for each and … Continue reading “Power Bill Inflation”