solar energy

ISRO to find nuclear fuel on moon

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch a rover in October 2018 through Chandrayaan 2 to explore virgin territory on the lunar surface & analyze crust samples for signs of water & helium-3. The isotope is abundant on the moon and could meet global energy demands for 250 years. The rover is powered by solar energy & will collect information for 14 days on the surface of the moon

Pact to promote solar energy deployment

Asian Development Bank & International Solar Alliance have signed a cooperation arrangement to promote solar energy deployment in Asia & Pacific. Cooperation envisages solar power generation, solar based mini-grids & transmission systems for integrating solar energy into grids. The two would also cooperate on knowledge sharing & developing technology roadmaps for promotion of solar energy.

India to strengthen solar cooperation

India is all set to host 25 heads of state or governments on March 11 at the inaugural International Solar Alliance (ISA) Summit which will provide a platform for the country to display soft power. The ISA was initiated in 2015 and led by India and France aims to create solar projects in the Pacific nation. The key goal of the summit is to make available solar energy at an affordable price.

Founding Ceremony of ISA in Bonn

A Curtain Raiser Event for the Founding Ceremony of the International Solar Alliance was held in Bonn, Germany. The ISA was jointly launched in 2015 by Modi & then-President of France during UNFCCC Conference. The ISA is a treaty-based alliance of 121 prospective solar-rich Member Nations situated fully or partially between the Tropics & aims at the development of solar energy globally.

Guinea becomes new member of ISA

Guinea’s Foreign Minister, Mamady Toure handed over Guinea’s Instrument of Accession to the India-initiated International Solar Alliance. ISA is an alliance of countries which are located completely or partly between Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn. Under the ISA, solar rich countries will collaborate to fulfil their objectives and needs pertaining to solar energy.

Solar panels to light governor’s house

Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, has decided to transform all his homes in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur, to function on solar energy. Raj Bhavan officials have decided to use the bhavan’s six acre land to set up ground-based solar panels, capable of generating more than 15 lakh units of power annually. The Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA) is the nodal agency for this project.

India sign on solar energy with world bank

The Interim Administrative Cell International Solar Alliance and the World Bank sign a declaration to promote solar energy globally, during the visit of Dr. Jim Yung Kim, President, World Bank to India.

INDIA’S TRANSITION TO SOLAR ENERGY

India signed the historic Paris Climate Agreement on April 22, 2016 along with 175 other nations at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, marking a significant step to combat global warming. The Paris Climate Agreement was formulated within the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Union government had earlier declared its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) towards realising the ultimate objective of UNFCC. The plan is for reduction in the emissions intensity of its GDP by 33-35 percent from 2005 level, by 2030 and to create an additional carbon sink of 2.5-3.0 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent through additional forest and tree cover by 2030. In order to meet this ambitious target, solar energy is expected to play a crucial role in our country. India’s emission reduction targets are in line with the National Solar Mission target of 100 GW Solar Energy by 2022. The Union Government is speedily moving towards achieving this target by creating a supportive and conductive environment in terms of technology, policy and financial aspects.
International Solar Alliance : The Solar energy’s potential in India is immense. The Union Government has been able to recognise and utilise this potential through supportive policies and initiatives. In this direction, India launched International Solar Alliance of over 120 countries with the French President, Mr. Francois Hollande, at the Paris COP21 Climate Summit on Nov. 30, 2015. It aims to accelerate the deployment of Solar Energy for universal energy access and energy security for the future. The collective aim is to undertake initiatives to reduce the cost of technology and finance for solar projects and to identify financial instruments to mobilise $1,000 billion to promote affordable energy. It will function from the National Institute of Solar Energy in Gurugram, India. The Indian initiative called the International Agency for Solar Technologics and Applications (IASTA), aims to spread cheap solar technology across the globe with pooled policy knowledge.
Solar Energy Schemes by the Govt : In order to realise the solar energy goals, the Government has launched several schemes from time to time such as the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), Solar City Programme, Scheme for Development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Parks, Solar Energy Pumping System among others. Apart from this, Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) was launched by the Government in Varanasi in Sept. 18, 2015. The aim of the scheme was to extend financial assistance against capital expenditure to all State power departments and both State and Private Distribution Companies (DISCOMS) to ensure 24×7 power supply to all. A budgetary support of Rs. 45,800 crore has been provided to the IPDS for its entire implementation period.
Job Creation and Skill India in Solar Energy : Given the population growth rate, India needs to create one crore jobs every year. Analysis carried out by Council of Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) and the Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) estimates that more than ten lakh full-time jobs would be created by the solar deployment industry alone, between now and 2022. Analysing the jobs created in the Solar Photo Voltaic (PV) sector, along with the related skills required in every phase of a solar project to reach the targeted 100 GW of Solar Energy by 2022 will need nearly 1,80,000 skilled plant design engineers and approximately 5,70,000 semi-skilled technicians for construction, most of whom will be needed to achieve the targeted 40 GW rooftop solar capacity addition. As many as 75,000 highly skilled workers will be needed within six years to carry out annual and ongoing performance data monitoring of Solar Projects.
In recognition of the need for skill Development, National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) organises ‘Suryamitra Skill Development Programme’, which aims to train 50,000 youths over the next three years for installation, operation and maintenance of solar projects. The National Certification Programme for Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Installer (NCPRSPI) is aimed at developing skilled and qualified manpower to install rooftop Photovoltaic systems throughout the country.
Solar Energy for Rural Development : Currently, lakhs of Indian farmers are waiting for agricultural electricity connections, while 90 lakh diesel pumps are being used for irrigation. Diesel water pumps are both expensive and hazardous to the environment. Solar water pumps could provide cost-effective and reliable irrigation servie, even in remote rural areas. The Central and State Governments are providing several incentives to promote the adoption of solar pumps. Capital subsidy on solar pumps ranges from 30% to 86% of the upfront cost depending on the contribution of the State governments. The Central Government is also promoting several solar energy applications such as solar flood dryers, solar home-lighting systems, solar lanterns, etc. which could stimulate the rural economy by providing power for various economic activities, in addition to fulfilling the basic energy needs and improving the quality of life in rural homes. The rooftop solar systems could also provide access to reliable electricity in Primary Health Centres and Primary schools in the rural areas.
Transition to an Energy Future : The time for transition to an energy future that has a significant component of solar energy has come. The political support extended to this sector is unprecedented. Access to high quality and relevant training programmes is crucial, along with the support to the domestic solar manufacturing market. Leveraging the synergies between the different government programmes for achieving India’s ambitious renewable energy target could play an important role in furthering the economic development and livelihood security in India.

Solar energy panels in Tamil Nadu

The Union Government approves fitting of roottrop solar energy panels over 10,000 houses belonging to Economically Weaker Sections in Tamil Nadu at a cost of Rs. 253 crore.

PM lays foundation stone of ISA

PM Mr. Modi, along with French President Mr. Hollande, lays the foundation stone of International Solar Alliance (ISA) Headquarters in National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) in Gwalpahari, Gurgaon.