27 Jan '15, 1pm

There Is Solar, And There Is Solar

There Is Solar, And There Is Solar

The Hindu, January 19, 2015 quotes India’s Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal: “India [is] committed to its … target of 100,000 MW solar power capacity by 2022...We are going ahead with our new renewable energy policy regardless of who will invest in it.” India also has an impressive training and employment program to coincide with the investment. However, the government has not yet indicated what proportion of this capacity will be used for distributed generation, but I expect that the majority will be grid-tied. That is, the sunlight converted to electricity will be fed into a loss- and theft-prone grid (nearly 20 percent is lost) before it reaches the customer — and grid-tied solar does not help rural electrification either. If this is the way we waste good electricity, I wonder why we should bother to produce solar power in the first place, if we plan to waste so m...

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