For a lot of us, a solar plant means a row of panels sitting on the terrace roof, at an angle. Ugly but functional. That is the traditional way of harnessing solar power.
But, solar technologies have evolved.
Now, all solar plants do not have to look one way. They can be adapted according to unique preferences and power requirements. Think solar panel windows, façade, or solar roof tiles!
One such technology that extracts the maximum power out of the solar resource without compromising on efficiency or design is Solar InRoof– a roof made of solar panels.
Let’s understand how InRoof works, its advantages over traditional systems, and if InRoof will work for you!
What is Solar InRoof?
Imagine looking up in a big factory, but instead of a dull metal roof, you see the luminescent backsheets of solar panels!
With solar InRoof, you do not require metal sheets. Instead, solar panels become your primary roof. There are multiple ways you can install InRoof. For a new building, the solar panel roof is integrated into the foundation itself. It is also possible to replace your old metal roof with an InRoof structure.
Or, you can set up a pergola-type InRoof on top of your terrace or unused ground space. This way you get a completely functional shaded spot, which also powers your building.
InRoof is a great solution for both small (Pergolas, carports, corridors, cafes, gyms) and large-scale applications (factory roofs, playgrounds, rooftop restaurants). It can also be customized according to different needs, applications, and roof styles.
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7 Advantages of InRoof over Traditional Roofs
Solar panels installed over metal sheets tend to heat up. This brings down their efficiency. InRoof on the other hand, eliminates metal sheets and allows free air circulation. As a result, InRoof is 10-15% more efficient than traditional solar power installations.
Solar panel mounting structures are installed by drilling into the roof structure. While most installers ensure adequate waterproofing, any structural damage inevitably creates a possibility of leakage.
However, InRoof has to work as a primary roof for large and small buildings. There cannot be even the slightest possibility of leakage. This is why, this solution has a double layer of leak protection which can withstand the heaviest of rainfalls.
3. Better Space Utilization
With solar panels sitting on the roof, your space has a single function- to generate electricity. The space underneath is unusable.
This is not the case with InRoof which creates a self-powering, comfortable spot underneath that can have multiple uses. From a mini gym to clean energy-generating carports, the applications are endless.
You can make a whole new floor using InRoof, and you don’t need extra permission for it.
4. Reduced Area Requirement
One requires approximately 90-110sq.ft of shadow-free roof/ground space to set up 1kW solar capacity. This is because panels get installed with gaps in between. With InRoof on the other hand, 1kW of solar capacity can be deployed in 60-65 sq. ft.
The benefit? InRoof accommodates 26% more panels in the same space and generates more power than traditional solar plants.
5. Enhanced Aesthetics
One of the biggest appeals of this futuristic solution is aesthetics. Protruding solar panels are not visually appealing, and often mar the aesthetics of the building.
InRoof’s assembly though is seamless. All you see is a vibrant, blue futuristic roof with no protruding parts. Be it a pergola or a terrace shed, InRoof does not look bad. In fact, it elevates the aesthetic appeal of a space.
Furthermore, InRoof can be adapted to all kinds of roof styles and architectures.
If your metal/sheet roofing is old or rusted, installing solar panels on top can affect its structural integrity. In most cases, installers will advise you to replace the roof before going solar, which will add to your expenses.
But since there is no or limited need for metal structure with InRoof, you end up saving money. Moreover, InRoof is compatible with all types of solar panels and inverters which makes it more cost-effective than traditional rooftop solar or BIPV installations.
7. More Sustainable
Getting rid of sheet or asbestos roofing is a big plus – it helps cut down on harmful carbon emissions. To give you an idea, making one ton of corrugated sheet releases about 1.85 tons of CO2 into the air.
This means InRoof is more eco-friendly than regular solar setups and is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint.
How to Decide if a Solar InRoof is Right for You?
InRoof is for everyone who has access to a sunlit spot, no matter how small or big, and wants to cut down their electricity bills. It is a solution that works for residential, commercial, and industrial spaces. But to simplify the decision, you can ask yourself these questions:
1. Are both energy efficiency and aesthetics a priority for your new building?
If you are setting up a new building, perhaps a factory or warehouse, and looking to power it with solar energy, you can consider InRoof. This solution will not compromise on the building’s aesthetics.
The leading FMCG brand, B.L Agro chose the InRoof solution for this new production facility in Bareilly, UP.
- Plant size: 745kW
- Roof Area: 45,000 sq. ft.
2. Is there a space at your home/office that you wish to use?
If you want to make an idle sunlit spot usable- InRoof would be a great investment. Perhaps you want to develop a cozy hangout space on your terrace or set up a carport in your office parking area. With InRoof you have the option to use underutilized spaces and turn them into energy-generating and modern spaces.
A private residence in Alibaug, Maharashtra used InRoof to set up a scenic poolside pergola.
Plant Size: 11.77kW
- Roof Area: 765.05 sq. ft.
3. Is your metal roof leaking and are you looking for a better solution?
Roof leaks are common with metal roofing. If you want to upgrade your metal roof or replace it to install solar panels on top, directly switching to InRoof would be a great option.
India’s biggest uPVC pipe manufacturers, Ashirvad Pipes, replaced the metal roof of their Bengaluru factory with the InRoof solution
- Plant Size: 91kW
- Roof Area: 6630 sq. ft. sq. ft.
If the answer to these questions is yes, InRoof can be the ideal solution for you. To get more clarity, you can schedule a free site visit and explore the options available to you.
About Ornate Solar
Ornate Solar is a leading solar company with 8+ years of experience in the industry and the mission to reimagine the way solar is installed worldwide.
By not only partnering with the best-in-class solar brands but also manufacturing our high-quality solutions, (panels, inverters, accessories, InRoof), we develop and deliver solutions that are modern, reliable, and effective.
If you are looking for an InRoof solar solution for your home or business, reach out at 011 43536666 to discuss your options.