Save Big with Solar Powered Air Conditioning in Pakistan

Staying cool during Pakistan’s hot summers is essential, but high electricity costs for air conditioning can strain budgets. With the country’s abundant solar resources averaging 5–6 kWh/m2 of solar irradiation per day, solar-powered air conditioning presents an eco-friendly and money-saving alternative.

Overview of Solar Air Conditioning Technology

Solar air conditioning utilizes solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to generate electricity that powers an air conditioning unit. This typically consists of solar panels, batteries for energy storage, a solar inverter specific to air conditioning loads, and a regular split inverter AC unit (or a DC inverter unit for maximum efficiency). The solar inverter converts DC electricity from the panels and batteries to usable AC power that runs the air conditioner.

This technology allows households and businesses to slash electricity bills by tapping freely available solar energy instead of grid power. Solar air conditioning systems work just like conventional units to provide comfortable indoor cooling. They can also operate during grid outages by using stored solar energy in the batteries.

Solarshop Pakistan offers complete solar air conditioning solutions and has installed over 500 solar-powered AC projects across the country.

Benefits of Switching to Solar Air Conditioning

Installing a solar air conditioning system brings numerous benefits, including:

Major Electricity Savings

By utilizing solar energy instead of electricity from the grid, households can save 50–90% on summer cooling bills. Solar power is free once the system is set up.

Improved Power Reliability

Solar air conditioning keeps working during grid outages, so you stay comfortable instead of sweltering without AC. The backup power also keeps other appliances running.

Reduced Environmental Impact

Solar energy prevents over 3 tons of CO2 emissions per year compared to fossil fuel-powered AC units. This cuts your carbon footprint significantly.

Enhanced Property Value

Adding a solar system can increase the value of your home or commercial property. This asset even delivers returns through lower utility bills.

Long-Term Financial Savings

While solar air conditioning requires an upfront investment, it protects you from rising electricity rates for decades. The system typically pays for itself within 3–5 years.

Incentives and Rebates

The Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) offers attractive financing options and rebates for installing solar systems, making them very affordable.

What does a complete solar air conditioning system include?

A solar-powered AC system has all the components needed to harness solar energy and power an air conditioning unit. Key elements include:

  • Solar PV panels are made of silicon cells that convert sunlight into DC power. Mono- and poly-crystalline panels are most common.
  • A solar inverter converts DC electricity from panels/batteries into AC power for the air conditioner. Hybrid inverters allow grid connectivity too.
  • Batteries: Lead-acid or lithium-ion batteries store excess solar energy for use when needed, like at night.
  • Charge Controller: Regulates charging and discharging of the batteries to prevent damage.
  • AC Unit: This can be a regular split inverter AC or DC inverter unit for maximum efficiency.
  • Mounting Structure: securely holds solar panels at the optimum tilt angle facing south.
  • Wiring and Breakers: Electrical components connect all parts of the system safely.

Proper sizing, component matching, and installation by qualified technicians are key to a high-performing, reliable solar air conditioning system.

Ouyad Solar provides complete, customized solar AC solutions based on room sizes and usage needs. Their specialized engineers handle everything, from design to installation.

What size solar air conditioning system do I need?

The solar panel and battery capacities required depend on the following:

  • Cooling capacity: BTUs/tons needed for the room(s) being air-conditioned.
  • Daily usage: runtime hours based on occupancy, temperature settings, etc.
  • Shading: obstructions that may limit solar access during the day.

As a general guideline, here are the system sizes needed for different AC units:

  • 1 ton (12,000 BTU) AC: 4-5 kW solar panels, 2-3 kWh battery bank
  • 1.5 ton (18,000 BTU) AC: 5-7.5 kW solar panels, 4-6 kWh battery bank
  • 2 ton (24,000 BTU) AC: 7.5–10 kW solar panels, 6–8 kWh battery bank

Oversizing your system by 25% allows it to cope with future usage growth, cloudy weather, etc.

Ouyad Solar provides an easy solar AC sizing calculator to determine an optimal system design unique to your needs.

What is the cost of installing solar air conditioning in Pakistan?

The total price of a solar-powered AC system depends on:

1. System size: solar panel capacity, batteries, AC unit specs, etc.

2. Type of equipment: premium brands and capacities cost more but give better performance and reliability.

3. Additional electrical work/cabling is needed for integrating the AC unit and connecting system components.

4. Transportation and customs duties: for imported solar equipment, panels, etc.

As a ballpark figure, a properly sized solar air conditioning system for a small household costs Rs 600,000–Rs 1,200,000 in Pakistan.

Larger commercial installations are priced from Rs 1.5 million onwards. The geographic location and site conditions also impact quotes.

Operational costs are very minimal since solar energy is free. Only battery replacements are needed after 5-8 years.

Financing and Incentives for Affordable Solar Air Conditioning

While the upfront cost of a solar AC system is higher than that of a conventional AC unit, attractive financing options make them very affordable.

Easy Monthly Installments

Many solar companies, like Solarshop Pakistan, offer solar air conditioning on a convenient lease model. Customers only pay a 10-15% down payment, while the rest is covered in low monthly installments over 5–10 years.

Lucrative Rebates and Tax Credits

The AEDB offers residential solar buyers a 15% rebate on the total system cost. Commercial and industrial installations get a 10% rebate. There are also exemptions from customs duties and sales tax.

Fast Payback Period

With massive electricity savings and AEDB incentives, solar air conditioning systems pay for themselves within only 3-5 years.

Finding the Best Solar AC Installer in Pakistan

With solar air conditioning gaining popularity, many new players have entered the market. Here are tips for finding the best solar AC company:

  • Check experience installing 500+ solar AC projects previously
  • Ensure the provider has qualified electrical and solar certifications
  • Review ratings and client testimonials posted online
  • Confirm they offer complete turnkey solutions, from site evaluation to maintenance
  • Ask about the warranties and performance guarantees provided
  • Evaluate after-sales support for prompt service if issues arise
  • Compare pricing and financing terms before deciding

As the country’s solar energy landscape matures, high-quality solar air conditioning systems are becoming very affordable. Households and businesses switching to this technology stand to gain tremendously from lower electricity expenses, a reduced carbon footprint, and unmatched reliability. With innovative solar AC financing also available now, Pakistan’s solar cooling future looks brighter than ever!

300W Solar Panel

300W Solar Panel * 4 PCS

  • Model:SH-300W Rated Power (Pmax):300W
  • Efficient:18.9%
  • Maximum Excitation Voltage(Vmp):32.2V
  • Maximum Operating Current (Imp):9.32A
  • Open-circuit voltage(Voc):38.8V
  • Short-circuit current(Isc):9.71A
  • Power Tolerance:±3%
  • Maximum System Voltage:1000V
  • Size:1640*990*35MM
  • Weight:18.5kg.<
Solar Inverter

Solar Inverter * 1 Piece

  • Model:1000w/24v
  • Built-in MPPT Controller Model :60A/24v
  • LED+LCD Display
  • 1. High frequency switching technology
  • 2. Multiple protection technology
  • 3. MPPT control technology
  • 4. Battery management technology
Gel Battery

Gel Battery * 2 PCS

  • Model:NPG200-12V200Ah
  • Voltage:DC12V
  • Capacity:200Ah
  • Type:Energy storage batteries
  • Chemical Type:Gel Battery
  • Battery cover and exhaust plug structure: Valve controlled sealed storage battery
  • Status of charge: maintenance-free battery
Solar panel bracket

Solar panel bracket * 1 set

  • Usage: Ground
  • Galvanized steel bracket has good bearing capacity, no deformation, corrosion resistance, no maintenance cost, and can carry 4*300W
  • photovoltaic panels
  • System configuration: 1 bracket for each system
Photovoltaic cable/battery cable

Photovoltaic cable/battery cable*1 set

  • Polyethylene TUV certified 4MM2 red and black 50m copper core photovoltaic outdoor special cable
  • Application of temperature: -40℃~120℃
  • Good resistance to UV, ozone and other compounds
  • Good mechanical structure strength.Effectively waterproof, oil and chemical corrosion proof
MC4 connector

MC4 connector * 1 pair

  • Main Features:
  • 1. Large current and high voltage bearing capacity
  • 2. Good impact resistance
  • 3. Low contact resistance
  • 4. Innovative sealing, waterproof and dustproof design, up to IP67
  • 5. Excellent high and low temperature, waterproof, UV resistance and other properties, suitable for long-term outdoor use.