Renewable energy is going to play a big role in the coming years with the government announcing the target of 'Power for All by 2019'. India has the great potential to be a superpower in renewable space and is currently moving into that direction. The government has set an ambitious target of generating 175 GW power by 2022 from renewable sources, including 100 GW from solar, of which 40 GW will be on rooftops.

Rooftop solar is expected to be mandatory when installing rooftop projects on government and new residential buildings across the country. Creation of 100-smart city will be a big impetus for rooftop solar.The government has already promised to spend around Rs. 5,000 crore in five years to build rooftop solar power projects and connect them to the national electricity network.

Composites, due to their inherent properties, offer a sustainable solution for solar mounting structures. Lately, composites have demonstrated value as a material of choice for mounting structures.

Recently, a Pune-based company M/S Composite Crafts Pvt Ltd has supplied lightweight and non-corrosive GFRP mounting structures for a 100-KW solar PV project in Solapur, Maharashtra.

According to Composite Crafts, the project was completed in 2015 and proved to be well sustained for all weather conditions at the site. These GFRP mounting structures also facilitate quicker installation.

Composite Crafts has used Advantex® Fiber Glass, Owens Corning's patented corrosion resistant ECR glass which not only provides increased mechanical properties compared to standard E Glass but also provides the corrosion resistance recommended by ISO 2078 for acidic environments thereby contributing to durability of structures used in solar rooftop.

References for Introduction:

  1. Infraline news details- title: Residential solar rooftop system.
  2. Article from epr magazine.
  3. Livemint: Government to spend Rs. 5000 crore to build rooftop solar pan.

Image and Data support: M/S Composite Crafts Pvt Ltd.

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