ERP for Solar industry

ERP for Solar Industry

Published on : January 6th , 2021

Publisher : Akshay L.

Energy can neither be created, not be destroyed; rather, it can only be transformed from one form to another states the law of conservation of energy. Energy is essential for everyday life. Starting from small tasks, to running large industries, various forms of energy contributes to its running. This results in huge consumption of energy everyday around the globe. The demand for energy increases everyday, but there are limited way energy can be converted to the form it needs to continue contributing in running the world. Due to enormous consumption of energy, humans are exhausting the sources of energy.

Researchers and scientists are finding replacements in the form of renewable source of energy to continue provide energy to industries for operations.

What is Solar energy?

Solar energy is a renewable source of energy which converts energy from sun into electricity. Sun provides enough energy to power most of the large industries, and by using method of converting solar energy into electricity, the industries can save plethora of other sources of energy. Solar energy is amongst the renewable source of energy, and a reliable one. Solar energy does not release greenhouse gases, so generating electricity from solar energy is clean source of energy without harmfully sabotaging the nature and atmosphere. As no fuel is burned, the solar energy keeps the atmosphere healthy without endangering the human life. Recent figures has shown that solar energy has achieved staggering number of successful projects in running the industries.

How is Solar energy generated?

Energy or sunlight coming from the Sun strikes the solar panels. Solar panels are arranged in an array over the roof or in solar farms. As the Sunlight strikes the solar panels, the panels are activated. Each solar panel is constructed with a layer of Silicon cells, metal frame, glass casing, and wiring. The solar panels are arranged is an array on roof top or solar farms. The panels also has solar cells, also referred to as Photovoltaic cells. The semiconductor wafer within solar cell is made from two layers of Silicon. The one layer is positively charged, and the other layer is negatively charged, forming electric field. When Sunlight or light energy strikes the photovoltaic solar cell, the photovoltaic cell is energizes causing the electron to become loose. Those electron is set into motion with the help of electric field surrounding the wafer. This motion of electrons creates electric current.

Generation of electrical current through solar energy into electrical energy is now successful. However this electricity generated is not the type of electricity that can be used to power households or industries. The electricity generated is AC i.e Alternating Current, a non-type of electricity to use in households or industries. At households and industries, we use DC i.e Direct Current. To resolve this problem, Direct current has to be converted to Alternate Current, which is fairly simple with the help of device known as inverter.

Once the Direct Current is converted into Alternate Current, it is distributed through electrical network at home in the same way a power grid powers the households or industries. Batteries can also be used to keep the additional electric charge stored to use when required during power outage.

How are Solar Panel Manufactured?

Solar panel manufacturing is an intricate process. The complex operations and methods involved in the manufacturing of solar panel determines the quality of solar panels and its success rate. There are myriad of parts that goes into making of solar panel. The most part of significance in making to the solar panel are solar cells. The Silicon, being a non-metal has excellent conductive properties, which gives it ability to convert sunlight into electricity. Being the important part, silicon cells contributes much in converting sunlight into electricity. However silicon cells are alone not capable of doing so. Hence metal casing and wires are used to supply electricity to household or industry.

Silicon comes in different types which are:

Single cell (mono-crystalline)



There are other parts in solar panel such as metal frame, glass sheet for casing, standard 12V wire, bus wire, and plexiglas. There material goes into making the solar panels. Mono-crystalline solar panel are large solar panels which are cut into small different panels. These solar panels are effective hence the cost is higher. Poly-crystalline are produced by melting multiple silicon crystals together. The silicon cells are melted and then fused together into the solar panel. These panels are less efficient. Amorphous solar panels on the other hand are totally different from both mono-crystalline and poly-crystalline. These panels are often thin film, and are attached to glass, plastic or metal. These panels are bendable and hence are of great flexibility. Due to thin film and flexibility, these panels are highly inefficient.

Need of ERP for Solar Industry

Solar panels after manufacturing, needs to be assembled and fitted wherever needed. The large network of distributors takes care of all the supply and demand for solar panels and their fitting. Generally, household solar panel distribution is performed by a single agency with small office. However, when it comes to large industries and land-stretch solar farms, it needs a huge demand of solar panels. These solar panels needs to be manufactured, transported to destination, and then fitted to product electricity. Fitting of these myriad of solar panels is no easy task, and require plethora of human labour resource, along with flexible timings. Climatic conditions can create a huge hurdle or challenge and can disrupt appropriate working conditions. To manage these processes and tasks, solar industry needs a proper robust solution. Electric cars is the future, and to charge electric cars large solar farms can be used to provide power to electric car charging station. ERP software for electric car charging station provides efficient way to manage all operations involved.

What is ERP for Solar industry?

ERP stands for Enterprise Resource Planning. ERP software caters to the business needs and operations to make workflow smooth. Catering to these operations and processes requires complex programming and deep understanding of business functionality. ERP software for Solar industry is designed to withstand the mountain of difficulties that occur in solar industry. ERP for solar contains modules which integrates the entire industry and system by forming a network of departments or divisions. These network makes it possible to exchange data and information seamlessly.

Solar manufacturing industry has various benefits that boosts the production in solar manufacturing industry. Starting from the procurement of raw material for solar panels to finishing the production of solar panels, the ERP software for solar industry monitors and controls every operation. Post-manufacturing, the ERP software also assigns unique lot/serial number to batches of solar panel to track their storage. The information and data is stored centrally in servers, so that all the records and information is accessible at any given instance. Entire ERP software relies on the network of modules.

ERP for solar industry has many features including Automation and Business Analytic or BI. These features make the ERP software effective and efficient. Automation in solar ERP software eliminates human intervention, hence eliminating the delays. The automation controls most of the operations in ERP software. Automation quickly provides any information which is necessary for further operation so that operations should not delay. Business Intelligence in ERP software uses various tools like data mining, data visualization, and data analytic to analyse the statistics. After analyzing the statistics, BI prepares a detail driven report so that strategic business decisions can be made.

Modules in ERP for Solar industry

Tendering and BOQ Management

BOQ Estimation

Quantity Take Off

Work Order Processing

Production Planning

Project Planning and Management

Budgeting and Cost Control

Progressive Invoicing

Accounts and Financing

Lighthouse ERP for Solar Industry

Lighthouse ERP is an industry-specific solution for solar industry. Lighthouse ERP is the magnum-opus of Lighthouse Info. 35+ years of experience in designing and implementing ERP software, Lighthouse ERP has constantly upgraded itself to meet the modern industry needs and requirements. Lighthouse Info’ expertise helps the industry to design and implement robust ERP software in Solar industry to cater all the requirements. Lighthouse ERP is an reliable ERP software which work efficiently to manage all the operations in various industries.


To sum up, every industry requires a software which can manage it avoiding errors and mishaps. ERP software is the perfect solution for every industry, not limiting to solar industry for efficient and smooth workflow. ERP software manages all the operations keeping the data and information secure. It also reduces the cost by eliminating the need of piles of paper, which increases management cost and also misplacement of important documents can fail the industry. There are various other benefits of ERP software for Solar industry.