An indigenously developed 3 MW plant that works in tandem with biomass to ensure uninterrupted supply is to come up in Barun in Bihar with funding from the European Union under the IndoEuropean Renewable Energy Programme.
Solar power companies have asked the Centre to support them in order to achieve the solar target. They have sought changes in the policy such as treating the sector as a priority sector and encouraging domestic content.
Delhi Metro which had last year started the solar power project is currently generating 750 kW of power and is able to meet the electrical needs of three stations – Dwarka sector 21, Pragati Maidan and Anand Vihar. It aims to generate 20 MW by March next year.
In line with India’s plans to install 100,000MW of solar power capacity by 2022, Russia’s OAO Rosneft is all set to do a huge investment in solar energy in India and expressed its willingness to set up a capacity ranging between 10,000MW (megawatts) to 20,000MW and is in discussions with Indian government officials to draw up a road map.
Researchers of the premier S N Bose Institute of Basic Sciences have developed solar cells from element of hematoporphyrin, a component found in animal blood, to lessen over-dependence on silicon for creation of solar panels and the innovative solar cells won’t cause any harm to the nature as these are organic cells.
Greenpeace India welcomed the draft solar policy which was recently presented at the Delhi Solar Roundtable Conference organised by Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC) and suggested the Delhi government to implement the policy as early as possible.