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A seminar on solar power status and its future in India

According to reports, Urja Prabodhan Kendra, Mumbai, in cooperation with Utkarsh Mandal Vile Parle, has organized a seminar on “Solar: Technical aspects, Present Status, and the next 5 years” on September 4 at 2:30 pm at Utkarsha Mandal, Vile Parle (East) situated at the intersection of Malviya Road and Mahant Road.

Urja Prabodhan Kendra (UPK) a wing of Ekatma Vikas Parishad is a voluntary endeavor of professionals and social activists working in the field of energy and wish to contribute their expertise and knowledge of the field for the social good. The main objectives of UPK are; to keep track of various developments in the energy sector, to study the policies, white papers, draft regulations, notifications, orders etc. issued by government and regulatory commission and submit comments or recommendations in the interest of stakeholders to the concerned authorities, and educate electricity customers on their rights and obligations in sectors such as energy conservation and safety.

Over the years the source of fuel for energy consumption has transitioned from wood, biomass, fossil fuels like coal oil gas to nuclear fuels. The world has already recognized the fact that about 60 % fuel which is created over past million years has been consumed over last two centuries and the balance is likely to be depleted over next two centuries.

The early development of solar technologies started around 1860 as alternate source of energy. However development of solar technologies stagnated in the early 20th century in the face of the increasing availability, economy, and utility of coal and petroleum. During 1980s various countries around the world started framing energy policies with emphasis on development of solar technologies. Research & Deployment facilities were created in US, Japan, Germany etc.

In July 2009, India unveiled a US$19 billion plan to produce 20 GW of solar power by 2020. Under the plan, the use of solar-powered equipment and applications would be made compulsory in all government buildings, as well as hospitals and hotels. The National Action Plan to generate 1,000 MW of power by 2013.From August 2011 to July 2012, India went from 2.5 MW of grid connected power to over 1,000 MW.

With about 300 clear, sunny days in a year, India’s theoretical solar power reception, on only its land area, is about 5000 trillion kWh/yr. The daily average solar energy incident over India varies from 4 to 7 kWh/m2. With a view to familiarize the members on present and future of solar Power in India UPK has organized a seminar. With about 1500-2000 sunshine hours per year the UPK has organized this seminar to aware people about present and future of solar power in India.

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