Wednesday, August 05, 2009

National Solar Mission

This article and the idea is obviously good, but like all good things, this is India where we can take a million years to build, just a flyover.

India’s plan also proposes reducing the price of solar power to the same level as that from fossil fuels by 2020, according to the draft, dated April 29. Solar power in India currently costs about 15 rupees (20p) per kWh, compared with an average 3.5 rupees per kWh for electricity from the national grid, which is largely produced by coal-fired thermal power plants.

Other targets include forcing all government buildings to have solar panels by 2012 and developing micro-financing to encourage 20 million households to install solar lighting by 2020. The plan also outlines a system — similar to Germany’s — of paying households for any surplus power from solar panels fed back into the grid. [Timesonline]

Solar power perhaps has the biggest potential in India - with sunshine nearly all the year round nearly all across the country, if solar power can be made affordable (surely, it can - if NREGS can work why not a National Solar Power Guarantee scheme).

And of course moving away from fossil fuels, means a safer life for all of us...

6 comments:

Rangachari Anand said...

I was hoping that the diesel crisis of 2008 would motivate IT/BPO companies to actively start setting up solar backup systems but, sadly, this does not seem to be the case. It would be a really big boost for the image for the first company to do this.

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ad said...

Not a Bad Idea!
Solar Lighting

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