Ornate Solar, a building-integrated PV and Integrated Roofing (InRoof) solar solutions provider in India, has commissioned a roof-integrated solar system for leading PVC pipe manufacturer & water engineering expert Ashirvad Pipes.
The 91 kW energy-generating roof made exclusively of solar panels has replaced 6,630 sq. ft. of asbestos roofs at Ashirvad Pipes’ production facility in Bengaluru.
“The InRoof is installed at the height of 10 meters (33 ft.) and covers the roof with integrated solar panels, walkways, safety lines, and a fall arrest system to meet with global safety requirements of Ashirvad Pipes (an Aliaxis Group company),” stated Ornate Solar.
Ornate Solar tested the system against water ingress in Bangalore’s inclement and unpredictable weather conditions and completed the installation in 30 days.
The Ornate InRoof uses 200 high-efficiency mono PERC modules with dual-cell technology. Each panel is equipped with IQ7 microinverters from Enphase Energy, which allows complete panel-level monitoring from anywhere in real time.
The patented assembly is the first-of-its-kind integrated solar system that can incorporate panels of any shape and size to replace conventional sheet metal to serve as a primary roof for industries, claims Ornate Solar, which designed, engineered, and manufactured the InRoof. According to Ornate, its InRoof solar system can accommodate up to 26% more solar panels than conventional roof-mounted solar systems.
By eliminating sheet roofing and leaving space for free air circulation, the structure is said to reduce module backsheet temperature by 15℃ and raise panel generation by approximately 10%.
Since the existing PV structure at the Ashirvad factory was not equipped to handle the weight of solar modules, it was reinforced with additional bracing. The engineering team developed a strategy to complete the installation without causing any disruptions to the factory operations below.
The InRoof solution is expected to generate 150,000 units of energy annually, resulting in an estimated savings of INR 10.5 lakh for Ashirvad Pipes. Further, the system will prevent 2,875 tons of C02 emissions by generating clean energy.
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