MANAGED SOLAR PLANTS
Affairs of Urban Buildings are run by managing committees, elected by residents or office owners. They don’t have time, resources, tools or knowledge to plan and manage solar infra. Suppliers provide only re-active support, which too is not up to the mark. Maintenance is critical to ensure system life, energy generation, uptime and savings.
A revenue spinner solar project can turn into a loss maker if maintenance is inadequate. Maintenance includes quite a few user level activities, not covered by a standard Vendor. Examples include management & monitoring of cleaning, measuring generation and reconciling it with electricity bills, publishing reports on gross and net savings, resolving service issues, identifying their root-causes, maintaining records, system audits, etc.
Besides these, a managed service also covers activities such as annual thermal imaging to assess module defects and or loose connections, grid islanding check, firmware upgrades, etc. which too are not covered by a standard vendor AMC, but are extremely crucial for an optimal system performance and full lifetime service.
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Solar Plant performance Guarantee
Refer to the graph. The green line corresponds to one of the inverters which did not boot at the start of day. Since the system was monitored, the issue was attended and resolved promptly. In case of an unmanaged system such outages would go un-noticed for weeks resulting in loss of generation and savings
Building managements who have the delegation to decide on capital investment in any infra are generally accountable for their performance and are required to report the same to its members, periodically. It is therefore extremely important for the managing committees to ensure that the projected performance is achieved.
The current solar panel supply eco-system does not provide any meaningful performance guarantees. Skybless has introduced a comprehensive solar plant maintenance service under which it signs a service level agreement (SLA) which defines targets for system uptime, response time, energy generation and a financial rebate for non-achievement of the same as per the terms of service.
When you make a significant investment in a solar energy system, it is important to have a full visibility of its performance, energy generation and savings realized every month. In a managed service such reports are provided by default. Building administrations generally would not have time and or the required tools and skill sets to publish such reports.
ROOFTOP SOLAR: PAY AS YOU SAVE
50% to 65% of the CAPEX Investment is made by Skybless, balance is covered by the Society/Building.
Skybless shall recover its Capex investment by receiving a share of the monthly net savings
The asset gets transferred to the Society/ Building upon full recovery of the Capex by Skybless, which is generally achieved within first five years, unlike the Pay as you Save option, in which the same takes much longer
The Society/ building has to agree for full off take of the energy generated and on an exclusive basis till asset transfer is done.
Skybless takes responsibility for projected energy generation excluding system downtime periods that are attributable to the Society/ Building, DISCOM, any other agency/party/authority or Force Majeure
All statutory and reasonable assistance required to ensure un-interrupted system operations is required from the Society/ Building
Any downtime, loss or damage to plant infra or structures due to any persons, events or reasons, not pertaining to System Operations and maintenance undertaken by Skybless, is to Society/ Building’s account
Terms and conditions pertaining to many other scenarios have to be discussed and agreed between parties, to ensure reasonable and sufficient safeguards for each party