29 Nov '14, 8pm

India’s Solar Power Potential Estimated At 750 GW

Ladakh’s plentiful “wasteland” consists of high and rugged mountains. Some of the passes are at 15,000 feet.It would be much easier covering the Swiss Alps with solar panels. This will never happen.http://www.lehladakhindia.com/pictures/travel/land-of-passes-3.jpeg Set against that, the study assumes 15% for panel efficiency. This is at the low end of the current mass market, which goes from 14% to 21%. Even thin-film cells are at 14% in production, 21% in the lab. Trina have achieved 20% for a pre-production polysilicon cell. For long-range, back-of-the envelope estimates of solar potential, it is much more reasonable to use 20% rather than 15%, which takes India’s solar potential close to a terawatt. All right, 800 GW without those mountains. Even 20% is conservative, as it only requires the generalisation of the efficiency of current pre-production cells, a near-certain...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2014/11/29/indias-solar-power-po...

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