In­dia’s Quest for So­lar Power

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

Your ar­ti­cle “The So­lar Fron­tier” gave an in-depth anal­y­sis of the ef­forts which In­dia is mak­ing to be­come a global leader in so­lar power gen­er­a­tion. So­lar power will not only help the coun­try meet its grow­ing en­ergy de­mands but will also im­pact con­sumer de­mands dur­ing sum­mer. In­dia is for­tu­nate to have sun­light for longer hours which is why so­lar power is seen as a vi­able source of en­ergy. In ad­di­tion, as In­dia is one of the fastest grow­ing economies in the world. There­fore, the re­new­able en­ergy sec­tor will pro­vide im­pe­tus to In­dia’s vi­sion of be­com­ing a lead­ing Asian econ­omy. In­dia has come a long way in its quest to gen­er­ate so­lar en­ergy as in 2012 nearly 31 per cent of In­dia’s en­ergy came from re­new­able sources. The govern­ment should cre­ate schemes to pro­mote so­lar tele­com tow­ers and in­vest in re­new­able en­ergy so that the tech­nol­ogy can reach to in­di­vid­ual house­holds. Gen­er­at­ing so­lar en­ergy will also en­able In­dia to pro­vide elec­tric­ity to nearly 400 mil­lion house­holds that are still de­prived of elec­tric­ity. Pro­duc­ing so­lar en­ergy will as­sist In­dia to cope with elec­tric­ity short­ages and long hours of power break­downs which oc­cur in sum­mers and are a bur­den on the econ­omy. Ran­veer Kar­tik Shahr­jah, UAE

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