India’s Solar Project Also Includes Home Solar

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Published: 10th January 2017
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India has become the black horse in the solar market, mainly because of its great ambitions in generating electricity with solar energy in the coming years. In fact, led by the ambitious prime minister Modi, the country has already built up many large-scale solar power plants and is expanding its solar power ambitions. Among them even home solar has been included.

Recently India has announced that it targets to install 100 GW solar power by 2022. In this target 20 GW belongs to off-grid solar systems, one part of home solar. Although today solar power has been expanded to many nations including India, large-scale of home solar power building has not yet been achieved in many nations across the world. Currently, Germany, the UK, the US, Japan and Australia have turned out to be massive home solar power installers. Although China has been very successful in solar power development in recent years, it has not been considered a successful country in massively installing home solar PV systems. The truth is that this way of power generation has only just begun. India has such a plan. This is indeed courageous.

But the condition maybe is India is a country is very suitable for installing residential PV power plants. How to explain this idea? The reality is always ignored by outsiders, while it has been pointed out by some inside. According to New Kerala news report, in India more than 3 million people have no access to electricity yet. The most prominent reason for this is the national utility grid cannot reach many areas of the large peninsula. This means people residing in these places are still overshadowed by the dark.

Confronting with this distressing condition, India's currently available solution is nothing more than generating solar power at home. The country plans to choose off-grid systems. As we all know, this is just part of the entire residential solar solutions. Usually families choose grid-tied or hybrid systems because these systems can be connected to the utility grid. For remote areas of the poor nation, off-grid might be a good solution, for it doesn't need connection. No matter where you are located as long as rich sunlight can reach, you don't have to worry about anything. Each of these power plants is equipped with storage batteries, which supply power to the family house when the plant doesn't generate power.

Does this solution have no problems? Truth be told, problems are various. Some of the major problems facing it are high costs, inadequate subsidies, minimal guarantee of investment returns, and operation and maintenance fees. As these problems threaten the target, many will doubt whether the country can finally supply power to people living in these areas. Under these conditions no one cannot help doubting this plan.

Has India been well-prepared to accomplish the project? Can people finally get rid of their blackouts in these areas? Will the currently achieved solar projects become the ultimate momentum for the nation's off-grid home solar plan? We can just wait and see with sincere blessings for the people.

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