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Weekly Rundown: Water has more potential than rooftop solar installation in India

February 24, 2020by absrenewpower

New Rundown, New Solar Energy Information!!
TSRTC saves big on 5MW solar installation.
Looking to cut down on electricity costs, the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) made the switch to renewables by installing approximately 5 MW of solar PV systems. The TSRTC has estimated to save around 3.9 Cr per annum since making the switch.
Upon installing solar, the officials have stated to pay Rs. 4.80 per kWh of consumption which has made the difference. According to TSRTC, they have set up 95 depots with rooftop solar installation on top of bus depots like Mahatma Gandhi, Jubilee, Kukatpally, Kacheguda and many more. The 5MW solar pv system is estimated to generate around 65 lakh to 75 lakh kWh per annum.

In addition to the solar PV systems, TSRTC has also replaced all lightings to LED fixtures which has reportedly saved another Rs. 30 lakhs per annum.

Tamil Nadu is racing to become a renewable leader of India.
Being one of the earliest adopters, Tamil Nadu is taking four significant steps to achieve its vision of a sustainable future. First step taken by Tamil Nadu is working towards achieving 9000 MW solar installation by 2023. Secondly, Tamil Nadu has begun discussions on the procedure to repower old wind turbines and had organized public hearings in December 2019.
Third, Tamil Nadu is looking forward to benefit from MNRE’s encouraged Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evem Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM KUSUM) scheme. The scheme is in favor of solarizing the agriculture sector. With the state having significant power and water consumption, the state is expected to launch the KUSUM scheme for an initial 20,000 installations.
Lastly, TNERC has issued a draft amendment to continue the regulations of the Renewable Energy Purchase Obligations (RPO) of 2010. The RPO helps TN sustainably grow and meet its goal by 2022. With the set steps, Tamil Nadu is positive to become the renewable leader of India.

Unmanned solar airplane takes flight
Designed, built, and flown within 2 years, PHASA – 35 is developed by BAE Systems and Prismatic Ltd. It is capable of flying unmanned for almost a year within the stratosphere, above the weather and conventional air traffic. The flight is said to offer an economical alternative to satellites and could be used for multiple purposes. The developers claim that it can be used for maritime surveillance and fire detection.
As a High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) vehicle, PHASA – 35 is powered by solar electricity in the morning and battery overnight. When connected to other assets, it can expand its potential to serve both military and commercial purposes. It also has the potential in delivering 5G communication and offer services to disaster relief and border protection areas, reducing the cost of utilizing satellite technologies.

Coal India planning to go solar and stop importing thermal coal from 2024
Addressing towards climate change and safety measures, coal and mines Minister Mr. Prahlad Joshi stated that India will stop importing thermal coal from FY 2023-2024. He further states that Coal India is planning to replace coal by generating 5GW of energy via solar installation. The solar electricity generated could also diversify into coal gasification enabling a sustainable energy mix for the country. Mr. Joshi has opened up towards adopting clean technologies while mining. The idea of a sustainable energy mix came after analyzing the economic feasibility of implementing it.

Solar Installation on water has the potential to generate 280GW in India
A recent study by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) states that India has a cumulative reservoir area of 18,000 kilometers that have potential to generate 280GW. The findings of the report which was published during the Sustainable Development Summit 2020 help understand the potential and plan solar installation accordingly.
Key highlights from the study showed that Maharashtra has the highest potential of generating solar electricity through water. It is estimates that Maharashtra alone can generate approximately 57,891 MW on 3,173 sq km water surface.
With depreciating ground and rooftop solar installation prices, India has the potential to generate 4.6 GWp by 2022 through floatovoltaics.

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