Should we continue to use our mobile devices only to make phone calls? Most people would fiercely contest that suggestion. Yet when electricity is talked about, most people perhaps unwittingly miss the “Game Changing” potential of distributed solar power generation. If electricity really can be generated almost anywhere, should we still impose limits on where it should? It follows, logically; if electricity consumption is not centralized wouldn’t it be better if electricity generation is distributed too? Distributed solar power generation will grow not because people want to save the world, but because more people want to save money. In this article we discover the real reasons that are and will prompt the growth of a distributed energy economy fostered by solar PV.
It’s unfortunate that it didn’t happen before the Nepal earthquake, lives could have been saved. What’s really sad is that we may still not wake up to it. After all, Earthquakes don’t strike twice…except they do, and natural calamities come in various forms.
If it’s not the Nepal earthquake near Kathmandu and Patna, it’s the cloudburst in Uttarakhand, or landslide in the Kashmir valley, or draught in Vidarbha, or hurricane in the US, or Tsunami in the south-east of Asia. All these directly impact the most essential services severely and delay relief. Experience shows that the first essential service to be impacted in most calamities, natural or otherwise is the power grid and the electric supply. Distributed solar Power could be a life saver in such situations.
This post is inspired by a report in India Today that villagers in rural India rejected solar generated power because they believe that it is not real electricity. Greenpeace had set up a solar microgrid in a village in Bihar.
After 30 years of darkness, the lights went on in the village. Of course the inspiration should go well beyond India, the village had set a benchmark on how decentralized solar energy is practical and not just a lofty pipe dream. So given that all the boxes from total power availability to sustainability of the solution were checked, what happened when the local politician visited to officially inaugurate the solution was unexpected to say the least.
Do you think that Solar Power is not Real Electricity? What do you think really happened? Read on and Share your thoughts in the comments
At this time, thin films are not dominating the Indian solar scene. Conflicting reports of generation data along with recalls and reliability issues that made headlines, have marred the thin film module makers’ image in a risk averse, cost conscious Indian market. As the focus, no doubt, shifts from utility scale grid feed-in projects to more pragmatic distributed generation, thin film manufacturers will have to carve out a serious strategy from becoming a relic of their own legacy. Two important solar power applications are discussed in light of potential participation by thin film manufacturers.
The original article discussing benefits of distributed solar power generation and roadblocks to its implementation has been published in Smart Energy Magazine’s Aug/Sept issue. This is part two of the two part series here. As supply from traditional resources looks to further lag behind a demand poised for even higher expectations India will have to frame new rules to capture the full benefits of the plentiful sunshine it enjoys. In the last installment we discussed distributed captive solar power generation and its potential to have a paradigm shifting impact on the India power sector. In this article we discuss India’s existing road blocks to adopting a distributed solar power generation model. A lot of these points are applicable to many other developing nations with the potential to leapfrog from traditional electricity model to the one of the future.
The original article discussing benefits of distributed solar power generation and roadblocks to its implementation has been published in Smart Energy Magazine’s Aug/Sept issue. This is part one of the two part series here. India is staring at new realities for the power sector. As supply from traditional resources looks to further lag behind a demand poised for even higher expectations India will have to frame new rules to capture the full benefits of the plentiful sunshine it enjoys. In this article we focus on adopting an emerging alternative to traditional thinking associated with power generation. We talk about distributed captive solar power generation and its potential to have a paradigm shifting impact on the India power sector. We define distributed solar power generation in the Indian context, lay out its advantages and discuss some of the challenges that we need to overcome as a nation to leapfrog into a revolution that will forever change the way we will look at power.
A large part of rural India does not have regular electricity supply in absence of grid connectivity. Decentralized or distributed renewable energy technologies such as solar photovoltaic with low operation and maintenance cost could provide the key for empowering them economically and socially. Electricity is the fuel that runs the engine of development. But most of rural India does not have access to this important resource and it has remained a distant dream for quite some time. Today, thanks to development in solar PV technology they can rely on the sun, and solar power, for a solution that will power their development and can increase in size to cater to their increasing demand. Although this shift in paradigm is happening, the speed must be accelerated to ensure that rural India does not get left behind in the progress that the urban and semi urban India looks set for.
India’s agricultural sector accounts for around 14 % of its GDP but more than 60 % of the population’s livelihood depends on agriculture and upwards of 50 % of its agricultural land depends on monsoons. A big discussion, around the water coolers, since the installation of the new government, has been the impending threat of, unusually low rainfalls this year. Case for Solar water pump is simple here. If it’s raining, you won’t need it that much; if it’s sunny the solar pump works great. It’s a “can’t lose” plan for all. But it’s not as simple as that. Solar water pumping in India is an application that in spite of having a game changing potential has received little technology attention that it truly deserves.
Recently on an online forum, users asked about understanding technology and analyzing costs for setting up commercial rooftop solar power solution. In Addition to pertinent questions they were looking for online resources that could provide answers. We pointed them to our free solar photovoltaic system design tools. But, adding our perspective on the practical problems that such solutions face, some questions may best be answered through a qualified blog post. So, here we go;
Our biggest cities are facing increasing pressure on their infrastructure. Rural migration to urban locations has been a constant since the industrial revolution where the rural population comes to urbania looking for better opportunities. But what must be high on the agenda is to take these opportunities to wherever they are, no matter how remote. Solar energy will play a pivotal role in bringing this turnaround. Rural villages can be powered easily using solar energy microgrids as there usually is land available for installation.