Highway Rooftop Solar Solutions
One of the most significant challenge in development of large scale solar power plants is availability of land. With the current state of PV technology, the daily average generation capacity of a solar power plant in India is 0.20 kWh per sq. mt., which explains the huge amount of land required.
To address this problem, the land beside national highways can serve as an ideal solution for setting up large scale solar power plants. This can contribute to the energy generation without any extra cost of land acquisition. We have already successfully commissioned a similar project at Nizamuddin Bridge, on the newly constructed Delhi-Meerut Expressway. We believe that such a project is scalable into a much larger scope as well as replicable in other areas as well.
Typically, the per km power output of a solar plant is estimated at 600 KW. This translates into a potential figure of 500+ TW of solar power that can be generated by using land beside 50% of our entire national highway network. The estimated development cost per km of such a project is approximately Rs. 3.2 to 3.6 cr as on date. Solar rooftop along highways present a great potential.
The need for solar power
Solar photovoltaic technology is one of the most reliable and accessible renewable energy technologies today to combat against depleting fossil fuel reserves and environmental degradation. In India, the calculated solar energy incidence on the land area is about 5000 trillion kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, which far exceeds the possible energy output of all of the fossil fuel energy reserves. Considering this immense potential, there has been tremendous adoption of solar energy solutions in India in the last few years and it holds the promise for transforming the country into a power-surplus economy going into the future.
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