India Installs 4.8 Gigawatts Worth Of Solar In First Half Of 2017, Surpasses All Of 2016

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13 Aug 2017 23:51 - +971
India has always really impressed me in its solar research. A good portion of the IEEE papers I read about when I was getting my degree were out of India. They are on the cutting edge of microgrid design.
13 Aug 2017 23:09 - +793
13 Aug 2017 23:19 - +429
This is more than one percent of total electrical capacity in just six months. If India's solar power capacity continues to grow geometrically at this rate, it'll approach having a national electrical grid that is 100% solar by the early 2020s.
13 Aug 2017 22:31 - +171
13 Aug 2017 21:16 - +134
Lets Hope the millions of Indians without electricity, will sooner or later get somewhat renewable energi in the comming years.
14 Aug 2017 00:23 - +51
In Sweden you are punished by extra penalty tax if you make to large solarinstallations, and believe it or not the government that signed that bill included the "green party".
14 Aug 2017 00:20 - +50
Makes me wonder how some of the older solar farms are holding up. Is maintenance more than expected? Are they holding up better or worse than expected?
13 Aug 2017 23:24 - +28
So, quick question, since I can't find anything about it online, how many homes will 4.8 gigawatts power?
13 Aug 2017 23:50 - +25
The growth since just a couple of years ago is beyond what anybody would have predicted, it's already exponential and it's just the start of the transition. India consumes if I'm not mistaken around 2 PWh of electricity per year but it has still shortages and a significant percentage of rural population without electricity. To satisfy demand for the future 1.6 billion people by the end of the century, they'll likely need close to 10 PWh per year. At the current rate of 10 GW per year (rounded up to 10 TWh per year production) they need 1000 years and for the panels to last just as long. This is not to say it can't be done in 20 years, I'm just pointing out that the rate of annual new addition has to increase by 50x at least. At 500 GW per year (500 TWh per year) they could satisfy current demand in 4 years and future demand in 20 years which is about right because that's when the old panels will need to be replaced. They will also have to invest in energy storage. At 2 PWh currently, they'd need about 11 TWh of energy storage. Sounds like a lot but that's just two pumped hydro installations so it's not unreasonable. By 2050 they'll need around 25 TWh and by 2100 probably around 55 TWh of energy storage.
14 Aug 2017 00:54 - +21
indian news story in my feed #1: India Installs 4.8 Gigawatts Worth Of Solar In First Half Of 2017, Surpasses All Of 2016 indian news story in my feed #2: At least 30 children die in Indian hospital after oxygen cut off over unpaid bill well then
14 Aug 2017 01:20 - +20
I love how that Indian chick drilled Leonardo DiCaprio in that before the flood documentary. She said USA is suppose to lead in Solar so others follow and he had no answer.
13 Aug 2017 23:10 - +12
What's the equivalent in fossil fuel quantity, anybody know?
14 Aug 2017 01:07 - +12
Also it has been made mandatory for all government office buildings to have a solar panelled roof. So that the space above offices can be utilised for generating solar power. Also because they are offices and also govt. so they can do this, otherwise people are not that easy to pursuade.
14 Aug 2017 01:11 - +12
now as you will see these news are not celebrated in r/india.Anything anti government or any sentiment which makes you feel india is shit will be celebrated in that subreddit.The place has been censored very nicely by few mods who are actually not from india.
14 Aug 2017 00:15 - +11
Anyone else find this ironic sitting 2-3 posts under the thread about 30 children dying in an Indian hospital for not paying their utility bill?
14 Aug 2017 01:50 - +6
> Further good news out of India’s auction system was that the lowest bid in a solar reverse auction declined by 26%, and the average large-scale solar project costs in the second quarter were approximately ₹4 crore (~$0.62 million)/MW. $620,000 per MW works out to $620 per KW, or $0.62 cents per watt. Is that the installed cost of large scale solar in India, $0.62 cents a watt? That is amazing.
14 Aug 2017 01:06 - +5
I seriously hope India and any country for that matter, do away with dependency on fossil fuels more and more. Also it's important to go for electric buses, trucks, cars in the course of next ten years...
14 Aug 2017 02:02 - +3
Good job India! One more step to a cleaner atmosphere!
14 Aug 2017 01:53 - +3
But India, we in Australia have loads of coal we want to sell you, cheap (taxpayers are convinced that subsiding it for you is good to). Forget about solar, Australias PM says it is no good for baseload.
14 Aug 2017 03:38 - +3
As an Electrician working in the solar industry, as well as a human being living on earth, this makes me happy. :)
14 Aug 2017 01:56 - +2
Meanwhile, the U.S. is still battling over the future of coal.
14 Aug 2017 01:57 - +2
The meat of a solar cell is silicon and it can be found in plenty from sand. So, with the advent of latest technologies of extraction these cells will become dirt cheap very soon (it is literally in the dirt!). The main cost will be the land and the power supply grid. However, the cost of solar power production will fall fast. So, solar is the future and India is playing that game superbly.
14 Aug 2017 02:11 - +2
Just saw Gore's film An Inconvenient Sequel. Good film! Not sure if this achievement in India is the same thing that's highlighted in the film, but if so, there's a really interesting backstory to it. Worth seeing the film just for the drama surrounding India and solar and Gore and SolarCity.
14 Aug 2017 03:16 - +2
Splendid. Good for India! This is the proper course of action for a superpower - work hard to stop killing your population with coal pollution.
14 Aug 2017 03:51 - +1
Meanwhile here in the United States energy companies are trying to find ways to charge customers who provide more solar energy then they consume from energy company.
14 Aug 2017 04:36 - +1
I guess India doesn't have enough oil and coal barons to stop progress the way America does.

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