Solar sector to show spiralling growth in India
By 2022, about 175 GW installed capacity of renewable energy is to be achieved, which includes 100 GW from solar power. India will turn into a renewable energy hub by achieving this target.
Mapping India's Rooftop Solar Potential
LiDAR has now become an established method for collecting very dense and accurate elevation values. This active remote sensing technique is similar to radar, but uses light pulses instead of radio waves. Laser beam is the sensing carrier in LiDAR, an active remote 360 degree sensing system.
Powering ahead full steam
Indian electrical equipment industry, broadly classified as generation equipment and transmission and distribution (T&D) equipment, manufactures products ranging from high- technology equipment to low-technology electrical components.
Cloud over Solar Power
India, with more than 14,000 MW of installed solar power capacity, is one of the fastest growing markets in the world. In September 2017, the country crossed 60,000 MW of renewable energy capacity, which includes mainly wind and solar energy.
Storing the Sun
With increase in share of renewables in the distribution system, it has become indispensable to incorporate large scale integration of energy storage, which gives flexibility to quickly ramp up supply in case the need arises.
India has a very promising solar resource, with tropical and sub-tropical regions. The DNI map of India depicts that several states in India are suitable for solar thermal projects.
Lack of accurate DNI data and forecasting techniques are roadblocks
With India eyeing such ambitious targets to magnify its solar capacity to 100 GW by FY 2022, the growth in the sector has been promising, but requires more impetus. On the policy front, although all the states have come up with dedicated solar policies with well-defined targets, there is barely any focus on CSP.
The Union Budget is full of sops for solar - in terms of investment, village electrification and taxes. But, it calls for building renewable power compatible T&D infrastructure on a war footing.