Trackers gaining prominence worldwide
Trackers play a major role in solar photovolatic (PV) globally, with more than 50 per cent of installations using single axis tracking technology. Good quality trackers reduce project costs as well as maintenance needs while enhancing generation by 20 per cent or more depending on the location of the installation.
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.
Will CSP weather the PV storm?
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy´s (MNRE) ambitious programme-Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)-has seen no major participation from private players and has been marred by lack of implementation in a correct way.
With an aim to establish green growth, efforts are being made to harness solar power. But will the Concentrated Solar Power technology manage to achieve its targets? While the country is trying hard to develop solar power that will help India produce clean energy and contribute to reducing emissions per unit of GDP by 20-25% by 2020, over 2005 levels, Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) is yet to prove its worth with most of the projects running behind schedule.
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