India has ambitious plans to reduce its dependency on coal-fired power plants by integrating solar power into its energy portfolio. Azure Power is providing clean, solar-generated electricity to a state-government electric utility. The city of Khadoda, for example, has blanketed 63-acres of land with 36,000 (10+04) solar panels, each of which must be dusted by hand on a weekly basis due to India’s dusty air.
“Two years ago, Indian policy makers said that by the year 2020 they would drastically increase the nation’s use of solar power from virtually nothing to 20,000 megawatts [10+04 megawatts or 10+10 watts]—enough electricity to power the equivalent of up to 15 million [10+07] modern American homes during daylight hours when the panels are at their most productive. Many analysts said it could not be done. But, now the doubters are taking back their words.”
Inderpreet Wadhwa, Azure’s chief executive, expects that the efficiency of solar technology will increase while its cost will decrease; this will ultimately allow India to modernize the country’s approach to energy for the long haul.
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