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Addressing the Challenges of Land Acquisition for the Growth of Solar Industry in India

solar land acquisition

Land is a critical element for infrastructure growth. Be it roads, railways, airports, mining, power, telecom or industrial projects – each require large tracts of land for their establishment and operations. In several developing economies around the world, acquiring this critical component for infrastructure has always been a major challenge. And India, is no different. This challenge can partly be attributed to the agrarian nature of the Indian economy. Loss of livelihoods, amount of compensation offered during the acquisition process and socio-cultural conventions of land ownership create serious hurdles in land acquisition across India, resulting in slow infrastructure development and…

PV module waste management – The next big challenge for the solar sector

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) technology has emerged as one of the most promising technologies for improving energy security and mitigating climate change. This market is growing rapidly world-over, and further exponential expansion is expected in the coming years. In addition to its positive impacts on energy security and climate change, PV technology is also among the most favoured renewable energy technologies, particularly when evaluated from a life-cycle viewpoint. In India as well, solar power capacity has grown from a mere 2,300 MW in 2013 to over 27,000 MW in 2018 at a CAGR of 64%, making India one of the top…

Can India Fulfill its climate change obligations?

Global engagement on climate change and energy conservation has been creating quite a stir. At a stage when most of the countries are progressing towards lowering their carbon footprint and harnessing renewable resources of energy, India too stands tall with several environment saving projects to its credit. It has decided to phase out its fossil fuel based energy generation and shift to green energy. India has pledged to reduce its carbon emissions by 33% – 35% by 2030 in comparison to 2005. To achieve this target, the Government of India announced an ambitious renewable energy target of 175GW by 2022…

How Solar Industry can contribute to India’s economic growth

India is fast moving towards a clean energy mix to support its consumer power requirements. It is the world’s third largest producer and fourth largest consumer of electricity in the world as of August 2018. Going solar is a decision that has enormous importance in today’s world of climate change and uncertainty of rising energy costs. There are signals that significant investments and supportive stance from the government have started to pay off. The falling costs of the renewables are making these alternative sources more viable to explore. In fact new solar and wind backed energy sources are now 20%…

Will Micro Grids Shape the Future of Indian Power Landscape?

India has witnessed tremendous progress in the power infrastructure since the dawn of independence. Complete electrification of Indian households, a distant dream for rural citizens, just a decade ago is turning into a reality to be fulfilled in the near future. Promising schemes of the Government of India coupled with concentrated efforts of state agencies and private developers are major drivers, propelling the power industry and consequently creating enormous opportunities for the growth of industrial sectors. Though, ambitious projects have been envisaged by the government, there remain challenges with regards to infrastructure development and last mile connectivity, which have to…

Delhi’s Perennial Winter Smog – Causes and Possible Solutions

Every winter, India’s national capital grabs newspaper headlines across the globe for an unpleasant phenomenon. As mercury starts dipping, Delhi along with its neighbouring suburbs of Noida, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad and Faridabad, together termed as the National Capital Region (NCR) gets engulfed in a thick blanket of hazardous smog for the 10-12 weeks putting the health of its residents at severe risk from various respiratory disorders. This unpleasant situation during has earned the city the epithet of the ‘most polluted city in the world’. Every year, hospitals in the region register an instant spike in the number of patients with respiratory…

Electric Vehicles are set to conquer the highways of the future

Passenger vehicles are a major pollution contributor, producing significant amounts of nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and other pollution. Studies have shown that vehicular transportation contributed more than half of the carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides, and almost a quarter of the hydrocarbons emitted into the air worldwide. The health risks of air pollution are extremely serious. Poor air quality increases respiratory ailments like asthma and bronchitis, heightens the risk of life-threatening conditions like cancer, and burdens our lives with substantial medical costs. Particulate matter is singlehandedly responsible for thousands of premature deaths each year. Why Electric Vehicles The EV market…

Emerging technologies for renewable energy storage and grid integration

Electrical power generation

Electrical power generation is changing dramatically across the world with greater emphasis on electricity generation through renewable sources like solar and wind thereby progressively lessening usage of fossil fuels. However, most renewable energy sources are intermittent in nature, which presents a considerable challenge in load balance maintenance, grid stability and reliability. One of the main limitations of solar power is that there is no control over when and in what quantity the system will be producing energy. Production can be predicted to a degree from the analysis of weather patterns at the project location, but it is impossible for solar…

Conservation & Efficient Use of Energy for Sustainability

Efficient Use of Energy for Sustainability

The global demand for electricity witnessed a growth of 3.1% in 2017, with major requirements seen in China and India. In 2017 the Indian economy grew just below 7% while the demand for electricity rose at 12% outpacing GDP growth. It is forecasted that by the end of 2035, India’s demand for energy will grow faster than most major world economies and shall outpace China’s energy needs by the end of this period. Some research experts cite that India’s gas demand shall expand by 162%, followed by that of oil at 121% and coal 105%. The demand for renewables shall…

Are hybrid projects the future of renewables in India?

Hybrid power projects

The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India recently unveiled a draft solar-wind hybrid policy document for the renewable sector in India. It is a welcome step by the Government as it paves the way for a formal discussion on the subject amongst various stakeholders. At a macro level, the broad objective of this policy is to drive investments into the renewable space in India, optimize utilisation of current assets and align the renewable industry in India in-line with global trends which are slowly making a shift towards hybrid renewable energy projects at a slow pace. In…