According to reports, with countries across the globe fast taking to the use of renewable energy resources, India has progressed well in adapting to both solar and wind energy on a large scale. Many states in the country like Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh have contributed tremendously in their support to use of renewable energy.
Solar powered campus in Ladakh
The Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh ( SECMOL) campus in Phey is
powered by solar. From heating to to electrical and even pumping needs are powered by solar photovoltaic panels installed in the campus.The solar batteries store the solar power generated during the day time in order to power the building during night. The campus community kitchen also uses two concentrating reflector-type solar cookers are mostly used to cook the food in the kitchen.
Charanka – Largest solar park
214 MW Charanka Solar Park based in
Gujarat is the largest solar photovoltaic facility in the country.Commissioned in 2012, the plant will produce 500 mw of solar power once fully developed by 2014. The park at Charanka, spread across 5,000 acres, has 500 MW of generation capacity of both solar and wind energy.
Solar project developers like Alex Astral, US-based Sun Edison, Lanco Solar, Roha Dyechem and GMR Gujarat Solar Power have set up plants in the park.
Solar cooking at Swaminarayan Akshardham temple, New Delhi
The much famous Akshardham Temple added another feather in its cap by going solar. It has a concentrator solar dish installed at its kitchen where 4,000 meals are cooked everyday.
The solar dish heats the water to generate steam that is used for cooking. The system automatically tracks the sun from rise to set on both the east-west and north-south axes with an accuracy of more than 99.5% intercepting maximum sunlight,” Abhishek Bhatewara, director of the company which set up the project, said.The receiver is designed to operate at temperatures up to 400 degrees Celsius and works as a solar boiler, making it an effective replacement of conventional polluting fuels
such as furnace oil, diesel, PNG and coal.Canal solar project – Gujarat
In a first ever, Gujarat built a 1 mw solar power plant over the Narmada river canal. SunEdison India commissioned the project in April 2012. The power plant which is located at Chandrasan village near Mehsana, 45 kms from Ahmedabad will generate 1.6 million units of electricity per year. The fact that the panels are built over the canal is meant to ensure that around 9 million litres of
water does not evaporate.The project will eliminate the need of 11,000 acres of land required for a solar project of this magnitude and save 2 billion litres of water annually, officials have said.
Asia’s largest solar power project – MP
Welspun is building a 151 mw single largest solar power project in Madhya Pradesh. The project is due for completion next year.
Welspun’s Neemuch 151 MW solar project, located in Madhya Pradesh’s Malwa region
is the largest capacity presently under execution in a single location, both in India as well as the entire Asian continent.Vast acreages of Neemuch district are steadily being transformed into rows of gleaming modules.
Solar cooking system – Shirdi Sai temple
Shirdi Sai temple, which draws thousands of devotees everyday, has a solar cooking system installed at its canteen. Around 70 solar reflectors are mounted on the rooftop.These dishes concentrate sunlight on receivers that contain water, generating steam that is piped down to the kitchen for cooking 50,000 meals per day.