Waaree solar panels power CtrlS data centre


Co-location and managed services provider CtrlS Datacenters has installed Waaree solar panels on all four facades of its Mumbai data center facility to generate about 1 MW power.

The panels cover over 50,000 square feet of facade area.

U-Solar Clean Energy was the EPC installer for the project.

The vertical building-integrated solar power (BIPV) system by Waaree is estimated to avoid CO2 emissions equivalent to almost 7,000 trees per year.

Custom-designed aluminium rails were used as module mounting structure for the frameless BIPV panels deployed on the facade.

“Each Waaree BIPV solar panel was installed with power optimizers to increase the energy output from PV systems by constantly tracking the maximum power point of each module individually. They have the capability to monitor the performance of each module”—read a company statement.

Speaking about their decision, Sridhar Pinnapureddy, founder and CEO, CtrlS Datacenters Ltd, said, “We chose to install the solar panels on all the four sides of the building instead of rooftop solar as it provides large space for absorption of sunlight. We therefore replaced the conventional glass in our data center facility with solar panels, thereby generating higher power through clean energy and reducing carbon footprint.

“Besides, Waaree BIPV panels act as a thermal insulation by blocking the sun and thus also reducing the power consumption of the air conditioning system, thus saving on electricity bills considerably.”

“Waaree BIPV technology can be adapted to any building that requires a glass facade, including but not limited to skyscrapers, malls, apartments, modern homes, datacentres and many more existing buildings, or the ones that are in design stage,”. The challenge of not only the space to mount solar panels is addressed by Waaree BIPV solutions but also the aesthetics and beauty of the building is enhanced by replacing normal glass with solar panels,” added Waaree CMD Dr Hitesh Doshi.

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