Selco 50W Module
Custom designed solar home system providing light and powering home devices.
SELCO, or the Solar Electric Light Company is located throughout India.
$400 USD Interview with representative
Orb Energy Solectric, Trony, Marathoner, Arundhati Home power, Bright Box 2
Rural Indians without income/savings to purchase a system outright (need financing)
Components: Mass produced
Systems: Individually installed
Other: Electronics protected via exclusive manufacturing contract with Selco Labs
45 energy service centers in Karnataka, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Bihar, and Tamil Nadu in India
Mobile money (specify), cable, keypad or other.
Service required for the product to work [Mobile data, SMS, voice, Internet, other]
Remote diagnostics or monitoring available
See brochure for full component overview.
• 50 W solar panel, weather resistant
• High-efficiency monocrystalline/polycrystalline cells
• 80 Ah battery, low-maintenance deep-discharge, tubular plate with hard rubber/polypropylene container
• 3 CFL lights (5/7/11 watts)
• 1 fan
Schematics not available.
Provided by 375 employees working in 45 service centers in Karnataka, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Bihar, and Tamil Nadu. User training is provided via the installing technician, who provides information on how to do basic maintenance, interpret the charge controller, top up with distilled water, basic do’s and don’ts around batteries, operation of fuses, etc.
Replacement components are available through service technicians working out of 45 service centers in Karnataka, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Bihar, and Tamil Nadu
• Solar Panel:
* Estimated life: 15-20 years
* Warranty: 8 years
* Estimated life: 6-8 years
* Warranty: 3 years
No disposal instructions.
Performance vetted by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
MNRE document outlines some overall PV System requirements
MNRE (Indian govt ministry) testing has been done at the Central Power Research Institute (CPRI) for Selco systems. The individual components are also separately tested and certified by the manufacturers. Interview with representative
Improper knowledge of operation of charge controller could lead to damage or electrical fires. Possibility of exposure to battery acid if maintenance is not conducted properly.
Majority of research focuses on the financing and business model SELCO uses to distribute its product, or is a general review of the home solar system market landscape in India. No research found regarding system performance.
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Meets MNRE (Indian govt ministry) standards Interview with representative
MNRE (Indian govt ministry) standards: The main objectives of the program are: supporting RD&D to make systems more reliable and cost-effective, demonstration, field testing, strengthening manufacturing base. Interview with representative
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