In the recent wake of the US administration exempting bifacial panels from tariffs, EPC player and solar PV manufacturer Waaree Energies has launched its very own bifacial solar modules, namely, Super 400 Pro. Considered to be a disruptor in the Indian solar industry, the innovate solution is expected to increase the solar generation output by 30%, which, in turn, is likely to generate additional solar credit through the net metering policies and thus reduce the cost of operations by 5-15%.
With the potential to absorb sun rays from both sides, the module is being indigenously developed at Gujarat. The product is designed with enhanced focus on the rooftop and the utility scale market, wherein maximized output in moderate conditions is a vital aspect for efficiency.
Bifacial modules enable more absorption of incident light on both sides of the modules, thus eliminating the redundancy of tradition mono-facial panels. The enhanced performance of bifacial modules is also the result of a reduced internal temperature in the module. The solution will also provide cost benefit to the developers and in-turn the end consumer.
Sunil Rathi, Director, Waaree Energies said, “With significant cost benefits, the Super 400 Pro modules are witnessing a significant demand in the utility segment of the US markets. We expect demand from both the commercial and industrial, and residential segment. Moreover, through our robust network of 270+ franchise units across the country, we plan to make these modules available across the entire country in the time to come. Our acclaimed post-sales service coupled with our years of experience in the O&M segment, is bound to provide an added advantage to our partners.”
Due to the diversity in topography and climatic conditions in India, albedo varies vastly from place to place, and with mono-facial modules, the reflected light from the ground tends to increase the internal temperature of the module resulting in lower productivity of the module. This phenomenon hampers the need for maximized output in limited spaces, making bifacial modules a necessity in the rooftop segment. With a year-on-year growth of 66% in 2018 in the rooftop segment, Waaree expects the bifacial module to become the next disruption that propels further growth for the company.