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Solar Air Conditioner in India – Types (Hybrid, Sun Powered Direct Current ACs),Cost and Manufacturers (Onyx)

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Solar Air Conditioner

Solar AC

What is a Solar Air Conditioner

Solar Air Conditioner or Solar AC refers to an Air Conditioner where the energy for the air conditioning is derived from solar energy. There are 3 types of Solar Air Conditioning namely passive solar AC, solar thermal and PV Solar Air conditioning. Solar Air Conditioners though a niche area are expected to grow strongly in the future in hot areas like India where Air Conditioning is consuming huge amounts of energy and where there is sufficient sun light to generate big amounts of solar energy as well.

The principle used in a Solar AC is the same that is used on Solar Water Heating. But the costs of a Solar Air Conditioner is much greater because it require cooling instead of heating. While Solar Water Heaters is economical and cheap, Solar ACs are quite expensive.Solar Air Conditioners are gaining traction in China where there a number of suppliers and the costs are much cheaper. While Solar Thermal Technology is mainly used in industrial air conditioning, with decreasing prices of solar panels PV Solar Air Conditioners should become the more common technology.

Solar Air Conditioner Types

1) Passive Solar Air Conditioning

In this type of cooling the design of buildings is done in such a way that it  slows the rate of heat into a building in the summer, and improving the removal of unwanted heat. It involves a good understanding of the mechanisms of heat transfer. Passive solar cooling is much easier to achieve in new construction than by adapting existing buildings.

2) Solar closed-loop absorption and adsorption Air Conditioning

Active solar cooling uses Solar Thermal Collectors to provide thermal energy to drive thermally driven chillers. Solar thermal Energy heats the heat transfer fluid within the system. The generated heat is then used in conjunction with absorption chillers to provide a renewable source of industrial cooling.

3) Photovoltaic (PV) Air Conditioning

This is mainly used in residential air conditioning.The power generated from the solar panels is used to drive conventional compressor-based or adsorption/absorption-based systems. PV cooling cost effectiveness depends largely on the cooling equipment and  the efficiencies in electrical cooling methods is quite poor.

What is Direct Current Solar Air Conditioners

Household Appliances mostly run on Alternating Current (AC) while Solar Power generated is Direct Current(DC). The conversion from DC to AC is done through a Solar Inverter which leads to increased cost and loss in efficiency of about 15-20%. In Direct Current Solar Air Conditioners that AC is directly powered by solar energy without conversion to AC leading to power savings.

Solar Air Conditioner Manufacturers/Suppliers/Installers in India

In India, mainstream AC Suppliers do not supply air conditioners based on solar energy. Due to the high cost and almost complete rewiring needed for the home, solar air conditioners are absent. Some industrial units are going for this solar energy based solution to reduce the electricity cost which is ballooning. Also some LEED buildings and green friendly organizations are implementing solar air conditioners. There are only a couple of air conditioners suppliers that I could find in India. Like Solar Panels, Solar Air Conditioners can be imported cheaply from China and a number of Chinese suppliers of air conditioners are exporting units to India.

1) Onyx – is India’s largest solar air-conditioning company making hybrid solar air conditioners for industrial clients. The company’s product are not pure solar air conditioners but use the existing solar air conditioning technology to make it more efficient using solar collectors. The same principle of using compression techniques, evaporation and cooling using air conditioning gases are use.

2) Sharada Inventions – This company is providing for industrial solutions. It has Solar Air-Conditioning System which are currently available for large scale centralized applications, with capacities of 10 TR and above. In near future the Solar Air Conditioning System will be introduced for household applications.

3) SuryaShakti – This company is also supplying solar air conditioner for industrial units besides a host of other solar products like lights, lamps, torches, solar cells and modules. It seems to be importing most of the parts from outside India.

4) Arka Technologies – The company is also like the others providing a host of solar solutions which includes a Solar Air Conditioning System (SACS).

Cost of Solar Air Conditioner

The cost of a Solar Air Conditioner is still quite high. For Example to install a 1000 Watt Solar Air Conditioner you would need at least 2 kw solar panels system which would imply $6000 investment without considering the cost of a battery. If you included the price of storage, charge controller then the costs would be north of $10,000. While the running costs of a system would be minimal, note the high initial investment on a solar air conditioner implies that it would cost you almost 20 times the price of a normal Ac. That is the reason that large industrial units can afford solar air conditioning because they have economies of scale besides being able to afford the big investment needed upfront.


Abhishek Shah

40 Responses so far | Have Your Say!


    I am intersted for installation of solar airconditioners at my Bunglow. Pl call 8696444406

  2. Gurpreet

    i want to install solar ac in 1200 sq ft hall in my farm house.. there is No A.C power supply. plz suggest me what is the cost n which ac is best for me.. in punjab..

  3. Avinash pathak

    i want buy Solar Air condion fully installed in delhi home so what price i pay for this filly Solar AC System. please call or mail. for suggest 9213976959



  5. Pahuja

    Godd Day, am looking for lighting and Airconditioning and heating for my industry pl. call if you have right product and we have open space aprox. 700sq.mtrs which is useful for the said purpose. Call me on. 9619862766


    I am greatly interested in your solar power air conditioner.Please provide me the contact details .

  7. heating and cooling

    You don’t have to reconfigure your home with solar panels, or purchase a brand new
    hybrid vehicle to make your own personal strides toward helping to save the environment.
    When people talk about electrical power bills
    the expression “steep” always pops up. Central air and heating are
    just as much part of a home as a kitchen and bathtub.

  8. krishnaprasad

    i have 1.5 voltas a/c
    no:+91 9700 478 459(andhra pradesh state )

  9. Hemant Kr Dwivedi

    I want solar 1.5 Ton A/C at home give to cost

  10. Manoj Raghuwanshi

    Hey, I m Looking for Solar Air conditioners for residential purpose, please mail me the product info and techno commercial offer for 1.5 tonnes 2 nos.
    Manoj Raghuwanshi

  11. Sneha Shah

    Hi manoj,

    Are you looking for some particular brand?

  12. manish

    hi sneha can you tell the cost of 1 kw solar plant for residential purpose.


  13. naveen

    I am looking to have solar powered AC for 4 bedroomed house. how much will TOTAL cost be. The house building to start in next 2 months. so wiring can be incorporated into design. Later my sister wants do exactly same for her new home. Please send quote.

  14. shobha

    Hi, can you tell the cost of 4kw (wants of run 2 AC of 1.5 ton through solar plant.


  15. Sukesh

    Please provide the details with Price of Solar AC models. I am looking for Office and Home use.

  16. chahal

    Hi, can you tell the cost of 4kw (wants of run 2 AC of 1.5 ton through solar plant.

  17. sr dvv

    iam interested to have the solar house system for all usage along with ac also….can you give detailes and expendature

  18. Mr P Sharma

    You may contact at the mail provided.

  19. AHMED


  20. Sanjeev Gupta

    Plz send details 1.5 ton hybrid solar AC, price also.

  21. Vinesh kumar singh

    Hi sneha i want a techno commercial offer for 01 no. 1.5 ton and 01 no. 2 ton solar powered AC for my home at Raipur, Chhattisgarh. Mail me or call me my cell no. Is 9826167883

  22. chaitanya

    how efficient are these solar hybrid air conditioners?

  23. Sneha Shah

    @Chaitanya, I read they are good but have got no practical reviews

  24. Dr B.K.Panda

    I am interested to have a 1.5 ton solar AC in my residence.Please quote the total money required.Is it possible to divert this solar energy for other house hold requirements?

  25. Raj

    I like very much but how much cost pls tell me



  27. Deepak Dalal

    Hi, can you tell the cost of 4kw (wants of run 1 AC of 2 ton through solar plant.

  28. Sneha Shah

    Hello Deepak,

    Thanks for reading my blog and contacting. You can contact the respective person on 02692 240 333. Please let them know you got a lead from Greenworldinvestor. Will appreciate.

  29. amol sawant

    iam interested to have the solar house system for all usage along with ac also….can you give detailes and expendature

  30. Sneha Shah

    Hi Amol,

    Thanks for contacting us. What is your power requirement?

  31. Ganesh R

    Hi, I am planning to construct a two floor 1600 sq ft independent house in Chennai. Kindly let me know if it is possible to install solar central air-conditioner and if so the pros and cons and also the cost involved.

  32. Gopal shaw

    I m interested in installing solar ac in my office n home
    Pl call 9830966166.

  33. Dinesh Sharma

    I want to start a Soler a/c business with you HOW ? Please respond

  34. Sneha Shah

    I am not into the business of manufacturing or distributing Dinesh ji. But I can always write about your products to spread awareness of solar products. Thanks!

  35. azhar

    To start a solar Ac business what are the basic requirements. Please tell me

  36. Firos

    Please call me for solar air-conditioning about 4.5 ton for a residential unit in Kerala , palakkad district. Pls mail

  37. Sachin

    In Goa,
    How much a Solar AC will it cost me ( I have 2.5 KV Inverter Unit at Home)
    1 Tone 3/5 star AC
    1.5 Tone 3/5 Star AC

  38. Aftab Alam


    The blog is woth reading and this also much informative. As regards to the price as seen $6000 for 2kwt panel seems to be rechecked.

    We are also one of the 100% solar powered Air Conditioner supplier at lower cost. Any one can conatc us to know the price from 0.75 TR to 2 TR ACs.

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