India Leads in Solar Power
This is guest blog written by Amish. I thank him for writing this blog for the benefit of visitors to No Frills Academy!
International Solar Alliance (ISA) was launched on the sidelines of Paris Climate Summit in Nov 2015 with 121 countries signing up for the initiative under India’s leadership.
The secretariat of ISA was established in Gurgaon. India contributed $30million for its construction. ISA is a very significant initiative taken by Indian government to bring together all the sun rich countries to solve the energy problems of the world. This will help in moving away from fossil fuels and adopt a clean source of energy.
121 sun rich countries falling between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn receive sunrays at least 300 days in an year. ISA will be a global institution like UN and will work independently. Different countries will contribute in this and share the responsibilities.
Functions of ISA
- It will help generate solar power and find out ways to make it cheaper, more reliable and bring it within the reach of everyone.
- It will collaborate on research and innovation.
- Nations will share the knowledge in this field.
- It will attract investment in Solar Power and promote partnership of public and private sector.
- It will bring together the developing and developed nations and different institutions working in solar energy together to bring clean energy within the reach of all.
India’s Solar Power Potential and Initiative
India’s theoretically calculated solar energy incident on its land area alone is about 5,000 trillion kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year. The solar energy available in a year exceeds the possible energy output of all fossil fuel energy reserves in India. India right now produces 4 GW of solar energy. By 2017 additional 12 GW of solar energy will be produced. India has set a target to produce 100 GW of solar energy by 2022.
Prognosis: India and Solar Power
India has rightly taken the initiative in this field. Sun is the major source of energy for the world and its potential must be harnessed for generation of clean energy. Focused research in the field will definitely make solar power a cheap source apart from being naturally abundant. It will go a long way in reducing global warming and preserving the environment for future generations.