In 2021, Industries accounted for over 41% of India’s energy consumption. In comparison, domestic consumption was 26% and commercial consumption was 8%.

This energy-intensive industrial sector also spits out an astounding amount of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. But in developing countries such as ours, industries form the backbone of the economy. Scaling down operations could have a devastating effect.

To balance the two contrasting objectives, of maintaining the nation’s growth on one side and taking steps towards the net zero targets, the Indian government is pushing industries towards renewable energy, especially solar power.

So, let’s discuss how going solar can benefit the industrial sector and the types of installations consumers can get to extract the maximum benefits from the clean energy resource.

Why Should Factories and Warehouses Go Solar?

Cost Saving- As industries consume massive amounts of energy, their monthly electricity costs are also high. This raises the overall operational cost of the business.

Solar power, which is cheaper than thermal energy, allows businesses to generate their power and save big on monthly bills. Further, if the state government allows net metering, the company can also raise its profits by selling the surplus energy back into the grid.

Short Payback Period- Solar Power is a one-time investment. The initial capital can easily be recovered within 3-4 years of the installation. After the period, a portion of the electricity consumed essentially becomes free.

Green Business- Nowadays, consumers and investors are gravitating towards businesses that are environmentally conscious and sustainable in their operations. This is why many carbon-intensive businesses have set net-zero targets and are increasingly investing in renewable energy.

Solar power, which does not release greenhouse gases, is an excellent way to not only reduce an organization’s carbon footprint but also build a reputation as a green and progressive business.

Reliable Solution – Solar power plants have an average lifespan of 25-30 years and hardly require any maintenance apart from regular cleaning every 2 weeks. These elements make it a reliable long-term solution that will continue to power the operations for a long time and act as a buffer against electricity tariff hikes.

Tax Benefits –
To encourage the transition to renewable energy, the Indian government provides many financial incentives to businesses. One of them is the accelerated depreciation benefit, which allows commercial and industrial consumers to depreciate their investment in the solar power plant at a much higher rate (about 40%) than fixed assets.

Which Industries Can Go Solar?

Recently, India’s largest crude oil and natural gas producer, ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation) announced plans to develop a 1GW solar plant in Rajasthan to meet its energy needs. On a similar note, Coal India too declared a plan to build a 1.19GW solar power plant to meet its domestic requirements.

If oil and coal industries can benefit from a renewable resource like solar, then the potential for other industries is endless.

Consider the cement industry:

Energy expenses in a cement factory account for almost 30-40% of the overall manufacturing cost. Processes such as cement grinding, raw material grinding, crushing, mining extraction, clinker burning, and cooling along with lighting and pumps require electricity. Switching to solar would allow a cement factory to de-carbonize all these processes through solar power.

Similarly, other industries such as textile, steel, rice mills, atta chakki, and FMCG industry which utilize manufacturing units and warehouses can use the clean resource to bring down their energy expenses.

Here are some businesses that have adopted solar power for their factories.

Business Name Industry Size Structure Type Location
Shree Asta Lakshmi Spinning Mill Pvt. Ltd Textile 297 kW Rooftop Solar Coimbatore
Krishna Iron Strips And Tubes Pvt Ltd Steel 313 kW Rooftop Solar Tamil Nadu
B.l. Agro Industries Limited FMCG 745 kW InRoof Uttar Pradesh
Pangaea Natural Stone Stone 530 kW InRoof Rajasthan
Purchotam Lal & Company Rice Mill 267 kW Rooftop Solar Gujarat

Solar Solutions Available to Industries

Rooftop and Ground Mounted Solar

Industrial units such as manufacturing facilities and warehouses have a major space advantage. Due to this factor, businesses can choose to install either rooftop solar power plants or ground-mounted solar projects in their factories.

In rooftop solar systems, solar panels are mounted on the roof of the building. In contrast, ground-mounted solar projects use large open land space for the mounting panels.

Open Access Solar

In open-access systems, solar power gets produced at state-owned solar farms and then transmitted through the utility grid. Consumers with an electric load of over 1MW can directly buy this power from the open market.

As solar tariffs are much lower than traditional electricity, industrial consumers who use open-access solar power are able to reduce their monthly energy costs.

Innovative Integrated Solar InRoof Solution

Businesses that are building a new facility, or replacing an old roof have an option of saving the cost of the sheet roofing. They can directly install an integrated solar InRoof where solar panels function as the primary roof.

This Ornate InRoof structure is completely leakproof and can be installed over large open areas such as industrial sheds, warehouses, as well as smaller areas such as rooftop restaurants, carports, corridors, and pergolas, etc.

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Advantages of Ornate InRoof

Better Area Utilization: Ornate InRoof accommodates 26% more solar panels than traditional PV systems in the same roof area.

Cost-Effective: The structure not only saves energy costs but saves the additional cost of metal roofing

Higher Power Output: The highly efficient solar InRoof generates up to 10% more electricity than a traditional system

Fully Leakproof
– With a special climate-resistant seal, the solar InRoof guarantees assured protection against water ingress.

More Sustainable
– The structure generates clean energy and avoids CO2 emissions of up to 9.85 tons/ 100sqm, by saving corrugated sheets.

Customizable– Ornate InRoof has a flexible design that can be customized as per requirements. A snap-lock fastener allows easy attachment and detachment of the modules to reach the perfect alignment.

Designed to last– The structure comes with the industry’s longest warranties for consumers’ complete peace of mind.

Ornate InRoof at Pangaea Natural Stone- A Case Study

For their brand-new production facility in Bagru town of Rajasthan, Canada-based stone manufacturing company Pangaea Natural Stone installed a 530 kW Ornate InRoof. The structure will help the company offset 18,346 Tons of CO2 emissions.

Pangaea Natural Stone

Plant size: 530kW
Roof Area: 35,000 sq. ft

Estimated Payback Period: 3.9 Years

No. of Panels 1175
Area Covered 35,000 Sq. ft.
Power Generated in July (Kwh) 65,000
Monthly Savings in INR @ Rs. 11 ₹ 7,15,000
Yearly Savings in INR (Approx.) ₹ 85,80,000

The solar InRoof over Pangaea Natural Stone’s production facility, will help the company save around ₹85 lakhs annually.

Other Recent InRoof Projects

  • B.L Agro- Uttar Pradesh
    Plant Size: 745kW
B.L Agro
  • GEM Technologies
    Plant Size: 36Kw
GEM Technologies
  • Fronius India Private Limited
    Plant Size: 17.5kW
Fronius India Private Limited

Where Can You Get InRoof?

Ornate Solar is one of the leading solar companies in India. We have launched India’s first integrated Solar InRoof, Ornate InRoof.

Our dedicated in-house R&D team ensures that your solar InRoof installation is tailor-made for your energy and design needs. We also provide complete support before and after the installation for your complete peace of mind.

Ornate Solar has also partnered with the best-in-class global solar brands to provide you with a trustable, affordable, and reliable range of solar panels, inverters, and solar accessories, If you are looking for a traditional or InRoof solar solution for your business, reach out to discuss your options and get a quote. For more information, give us a call at 011 4353 6666.


About The Author

Nidhi Sharma is a content developer at Ornate Solar. She has done her bachelors in English and masters in Sociology. Prior to Ornate, Nidhi worked as a writer for different brands from health, aviation and pharma industry. She is passionate about sustainability and is currently exploring all things solar!


About The Author

Nidhi Sharma is a content developer at Ornate Solar. She has done her bachelors in English and masters in Sociology. Prior to Ornate, Nidhi worked as a writer for different brands from health, aviation and pharma industry. She is passionate about sustainability and is currently exploring all things solar!