India’s Push for Solar Power

Wiping down solar panels at the Azure Solar Plant in Khadoda, India. Image: Kuni Takahashi for The New York Times

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.

To learn more, read the full article in The New York Times by clicking here.

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  1. Posted January 8, 2012 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    “India has ambitious plans to reduce its dependency on coal-fired power plants”
    I think that all countries should go that route. The cheaper the components become the better for developing and poor countries.But it’s gonna be about leadership in these countries to change things.

  2. Posted April 17, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Every country should have similar plans. India is indeed progressing but any other Asian country can catch up for that matter.

  3. Posted April 21, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    This is a great move from their government. I believe other countries with longer summer seasons should consider doing the same thing. Not only does it help with sustainable living, it also keeps our resources in tact.

  4. Posted July 20, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    I think it’s a good move for Indian government to use solar power, every country should do likewise.

  5. Posted September 23, 2012 at 3:46 am | Permalink

    Bright idea to choose solar panels instead of coal power plants. More power to India

  6. Posted September 23, 2012 at 3:58 am | Permalink

    Very nice idea on using solar panels over coal power plants.

  7. Posted September 23, 2012 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    Good choice, great job!

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