Solar energy is fast emerging as one of the prominent sources of renewable energy. Solar energy is also the burning focus of Government of India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Government has been since many years keeping the solar energy as its main focus upon which thrust is needed. Different steps are being taken to promote Solar energy in almost all the parts of country.
Fast Developing Industry
Solar power in India is a fast developing industry.The country’s solar installed capacity was 60.813 GWAC as of 30 September 2022. It is heartening to note that in solar power generation, India ranked fourth globally in 2021. From Jammu and Kashmir to Tamil Nadu, the Government is doing everything to promote the infrastructure of solar energy throughout the country.
In the recent Mann Ki Baat’ PM Modi laid stress on the significance of solar energy .
Highlighting the significance of Chhath Puja, PM Modi said the tradition of sun worship was proof of how deeply Indian culture and faith was related to nature. The festival was celebrated with the cooperation of a myriad of people in society and it also encouraged cleanliness at the community level. “…along with worshipping the sun, why not also discuss his boon! This blessing of Sun God is — ‘solar energy’…today, we have become one of the largest countries to generate electricity from solar energy,” he said.
The Prime Minister spoke about a farmer from Tamil Nadu’s Kancheepuram who benefited from the Pradhan Mantri Kusum Yojana scheme and had a solar pump set installed on his farm. “Now, they do not have to spend anything on electricity for their farm,” he said, adding that a Kusum Yojana beneficiary farmer in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur had also installed a solar pump and it had increased his income. The farmer was also connecting many other small industries with solar electricity, he said.
Solar Village In Gujarat
Another highlight of recent Mann ki Baat was that PM Modi also interacted with some residents of the country’s first “solar village”, Modhera in Gujarat. The villagers said that the initiative had brought in great transformation in their lives. “…the day is not far when the construction of Suryagrams in India will become a big mass movement and the people of Modhera village have already begun that,” the PM said.
As a matter of fact, India is endowed with vast solar energy potential. About 5,000 trillion kWh per year energy is incident over India’s land area with most parts receiving 4-7 kWh per sq. m per day. Solar photovoltaics power can effectively be harnessed providing huge scalability in India.
The Indian Government had an initial target of 20 GW capacity for 2022, which was achieved four years ahead of schedule. In 2015 the target was raised to 100 GW of solar capacity (including 40 GW from rooftop solar) by 2022, targeting an investment of US$100 billion.
India has established nearly 42 solar parks to make land available to the promoters of solar plants.
It is matter of great pride that The International Solar Alliance (ISA), proposed by India as a founder member, is headquartered in India. India has also put forward the concept of “One Sun One World One Grid” and “World Solar Bank” to harness abundant solar power on global scale.
The solar energy available in a single year exceeds the possible energy output of all of the fossil fuel energy reserves in India.
Bhadla Solar Park, Jodhpur
India’s Bhadla Solar Park is the largest solar park in the world , with 2,245 megawatts of commissioned solar projects.
Around 10 million blue solar panels in the solar park stretch over an area of 5,700 hectares in Bhadla, a village in Jodhpur district of the arid state of Rajasthan. The area is almost the size of San Marino.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always kept the Solar energy as its Prime focus and the latest Mann ki Baat along with many other measures are clearly pointing out that Solar energy is the main focus of the PM Modi vision to transform India into progressive nation.
India has put forward the concept of “One Sun One World One Grid” and “World Solar Bank” to harness abundant solar power on global scale. The solar energy available in a single year exceeds the possible energy output of all of the fossil fuel energy reserves in India