Today, India is the second most populated country in the world and has more than 62% of the population in the working-age group. While this gives us the ability to produce skilled manpower, rising numbers in population come with their own set of repercussions on the environment. No, we are not being pessimists who want to provide a gloom and doom scenario of all the possible types of consequences, disadvantages and repercussions. You already are aware of them. In fact, quite the opposite, our huge energy demands should encourage us to start focusing on clean renewable energy sources, and what is better than the sun?
The country has made huge strides to ensure full access to electricity and is pursuing a very ambitious deployment of renewable energy, notably solar. However, while electricity production has expanded over the years, the major concern is that the power produced in the country is mostly from coal, that is, 53%. It is predicted that the country’s coal reserves won’t last beyond 2040-50, which is really not that far. Is It?
Perhaps it’s high time that we should concentrate on both energy efficiency and sufficiency from clean renewable energy sources.
The Calling Of Solar Energy in India
To meet the surging demand, solar energy is one of the best solutions to meet the needs of the Indian population and also focuses to bridge the energy demand-supply gap.
The geographical location of the country gives it the tremendous scope of generating solar energy. India being a tropical country receives solar radiation almost throughout the year, amounting to 3,000 hours of sunshine, which equals to more than 5,000 trillion kWh.
Since the majority of the population lives in rural areas, there is much scope for solar energy being promoted in these areas with both on-grid and off-grid solar solutions.
Sun With Benefits
Some of the advantages of solar energy which makes it all the more suitable for India are as follows:
- Inexhaustible. Non-Conventional. Renewable – No beating about the bush.
- Environment – Friendly – It does not release carbon dioxide and other gases which pollute the air.
- High Utility – TVs, fans, ACs, washing machines, office buildings, factories, cars, planes, large powerboats, satellites, calculators – bring it on whatever you can and it will handle all.
- Power Alternative – We all can do away with doubts on if solar energy can completely overhaul the current power generation market by replacing coal completely that too at a cheaper cost.
What draws-the-sun back?
- Good Night Sleep – The sun doesn’t show up at night – so no energy generation during the night time with solar energy. Not to worry, while there will be no electricity generation, the panels still continue to provide power through net metering or through a battery backup allowing you to have a good night’ sleep
- Forecast Stories – Cloudy or rainy weather causes a reduced amount of electricity being generated through solar panels. However, with batteries or inverters in place, your home would continue to run smoothly and would not face any problems.
- Maintain Thy Panels – There is a myth that solar panels require considerable maintenance as they are fragile and can be easily damaged. However, Orenj solar offers solar panels with certified quality and the assurance of lasting you for a lifespan of 25 years!
Thus, given the huge potential that solar energy offers and the minimal maintenance it requires, what are you waiting for?
Rooftop Solar Power in India: The Fortune Teller
In the solar energy sector, many large projects have been proposed in India.
- Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), aims to install 100 GW of solar capacity in the country by 2022, of which 40 GW is expected to be achieved through decentralised and rooftop solar projects.
- The estimated realistic market potential for rooftop solar PV in urban settlements of India is about 124 GW. It may be noted that the current total installed power generation capacity is 350 GW. Thus, rooftop solar PV is going to play an important role in providing energy security and in better utilisation of land, a scarce resource.
- About 66 MW is installed for various applications in the rural area, amounting to be used in solar lanterns, street lighting systems and solar water pumps, etc.
India is gradually gaining prominence in the generation of solar power with not only internal but external solar agreements like the International Solar Alliance itself. Both the Centre and the states are quite bullish to go solar with its National Solar Mission in place.
All Is Well When It Ends Well:
Considering all the aforementioned facts, we have a bright picture in front of us as India’s potential to be a leading solar power-driven country in the world. Orenj Solar stands along with the goal to go smart, solar and green by plugging into the sun.