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Solar Power Mission in India

by Nidhi Paul

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Can you imagine the cost of producing solar electricity to Rs 4-5 per unit? Can you imagine of buying a solar home lighting system? Yes this is what our honourable PM, Mr Manmohan Singh is all set to do. The Government is ready to announce the National Solar Mission soon. The mission, which is part of NAPCC (National Action Plan on Climate Change), aims to promote the development and use of solar energy for power generation

The government has tried a lot to subsidies the price of solar energy. Still it’s costlier than a geyser or an oven. One unit of producing solar power varies between Rs 13 & Rs 17. The cost of generating solar electricity with this new technology is expected to come down to one third. 

The mission is slated to be revealed on November 14, 2009, the birth anniversary of India’s first PM.

How does the technology works?

The technology basically has been developed by Japan-based Kenko Corporation and Chem-Well Co Ltd. They have developed a high performance coating cells that will enhance a solar panel’s power generation capacity by 5%. The demonstration will be done with the Indian technology Indian photovoltaic module manufacturers. As per the West Bengal Green Energy Development Corporation (WBGEDC) managing director SP Gon Chaudhuri, this coating will work like a spray on the solar panels. It will activate the materials of the solar cell by 5%. One might think that the cost of this material will be high. But surprisingly the cost is very nominal.

The technology has already been implemented in US, Germany and Japan. The Renewable Energy School headed by Gon Chaudhuri will organize the demonstration.

The mission is an ambitious and a challenging one. It will lead to an archetype stand for India. The National Solar Mission aims to produce 20000 MW of electricity from solar energy by 2020.

Benefit from the mission

According to the mission India’s carbon dioxide will drop from 1510 million tonnes to 1450 million tonnes. It will also save 1.35 billion litres of kerosene and diesel every year. Can you imagine in turn it will be a saving of Rs 4000-4500 crore annually for the Indain economy?

Target

As per the records published in THE TELEGRAPHS – 8TH Nov 2009:

Solar energy product variants

Solar home lighting – You can buy this lighting system at Rs 13000 – Rs 15000. In return it will provide you light for 4-8 hours, will support one fan and even one small black and white TV. What else one can demand for? This works more than the best of the inverters.

Solar energy powered house
Solar energy powered house

Can you believe that the picture of the house above will never receive a bill from PG&E-free solar energy system? This house operates 100 per cent off of solar energy. This is the latest trend in the solar construction that the homes are built completely with solar panel system. It’s true that this technique is yet to come in India.

Lighting a Billion Lives

The Energy Research Institute is concentrating on the mission “lighting a billion lives “. These solar lanterns are also better known as “the kerosene killer”.

Solar lanterns
Solar lanterns

These lanterns need 8 hours of sunlight for a full charge (or 4 hours plugged in to AC with a standard Nokia mobile phone adapter). They provide you a light for almost 7hrs. It promises to be four times brighter and longevity. These lanterns cost you Rs 2200 for no frills model but with solar panel to charge the battery. It is also available with extra features like mobile charging facility costing you around Rs 3500.

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