Solar Energy- Future Energy Sources in India

This article provides you valuable information about solar energy, its advantages and its applications.

The debate on energy resources is a raging one in the light of Global warming and depleting natural non-renewable energy sources.India has a lot to think about and take a wise and prompt decision regarding alternative energy generation and applications since our population is higher and thus energy users and also because we have to heavily depend on the oil and gas producing nations for our energy needs.If India has to keep on marching ahead with its development projects and secure the lives of its people it has to look and analyse the various aspects of alternative energy .

Solar energy is being considered as the most powerful,efficient and convenient source of energy for a country like India because of its geographical location which allows it to have long sunny days thus accessing about 4500 trillion kWh of solar energy annually which is much more than its need.But the major deterrent posing in this area is the high cost of solar installations but in the coming years steps shall be taken to initiate more cost-effective methods.

Advantages of solar energy:

1.First of all, it is an infinite source of energy
2. It does not involve emission of harmful gases like methane or carbondioxide which warm the atmosphere and is pollution free.People in rural areas have been using kerosene lamps,candles,wood for cooking which is harming the environment along with their health as respiratory problems are seen in those areas.Using solar energy will alleviate this problem.
3.The maintenance cost is low and hassle free as it does not require any lubricants or fuel.
4.After spending an amount in installation solar energy that is generated is free.
5. It will greatly reduce the dependency on oil producing nations.

Applications of solar energy in India:

India is fast gearing up towards the solar energy use factor.It has already announced subsidies,grants and soft loans towards for promoting the use of solar energy.The government has directed all state governments to make solar water heating system mandatory in all municipal corporations.

Some of the applications that are already being used are in stret lights,solar lanterns,solar cookers,water pumps for irrigation as agriculture is an important part of Indian economy.

Solar photovoltaic programme in India:

The [R&D],research and development projects aimed at developing,testing,training and standardisation of solar energy is being undertaken by the government to encourage the photovoltaic programme in India.
Solar energy plants are being set up in various parts of the country and BARC is working on solar desalination system.

Thus, through various governmental initiatives and entry of private players the solar energy sector can see a distinct propelling and the energy requirements of people living in the remotest parts of India can benefit and see the light of development.

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