Skilancer launches water-free module cleaner for residential rooftop solar plants

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Cleantech startup Skilancer Solar has expanded its automated and water-free robot cleaning lineup with the addition of a system for small-scale solar power plants installed on residential rooftops.

With the latest robotic cleaner offering, the company aims to capture the residential market, which currently stands at 4400 MW and is expected to reach 8500 MW by the end of 2020.

To begin with, Skilancer Solar will market the residential rooftop solar cleaning product in the states of Haryana, Delhi and Gujarat. It intends to increase the supply chain after three months.

The autonomous robotic solution uses artificial intelligence and can be used to clean the panels every day, or on demand, without any substantial human intervention.

Further, the self-powered solution charges its cells using solar energy, thus avoiding the need for an external source of electricity.

Commenting on the launch, Manish Das, co-founder and director-business, Skilancer Solar said, “With the solar boom, people have shown aggressiveness to install small-scale solar power plants on their residential roofs, but the irony is that there is a lack of awareness on keeping them clean, which also affects efficiency.

“The lockdown has pushed us towards automating manual processes and with the launch of this product, we want to encourage more people to install solar panels as maintenance will become cheaper.”

Neeraj Kumar, co-founder and director-ˇtechnology, added, “Our aim has always been to innovate at the helm of technology and clean energy. With this product also we want to bring the benefits of water-efficiency and power efficiency to the everyday lives of people who are already opting for the alternative energy route. With the government’s push for vocal for local, we believe this is the right time for us to expand our product portfolio as we manufacture all our robots in India.”

Skilancer Solar’s existing product portfolio includes robot cleaning systems for large-scale industrial solar plants, with customers including the likes of TATA, Adani, HP Petroleum and Shree Cement.