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India to expand Solar Radiation Centre

According to reports, the nation-wide Solar Radiation Resource Assessment (SRRA) stations network of Centre for Wind Energy Technology (C-WET) will be expanded next month with the addition of 64 stations, said its Executive Director, S. Gomathinayagam on Thursday.

SRRAs are established to estimate reliable ground solar radiation and meteorological data that are crucial for planning and implementation of solar power plants and other devices. Data derived from the field stations will be transmitted to the Central Server at C-WET Chennai on daily basis.

The project is being implemented by C-WET in two phases as part of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission to make India a global leader in solar energy. The duration of each phase is about five years.

The first phase involved setting up of 51 stations across the country, including seven in Tamil Nadu. In the second phase, 60 stations along with four Advanced Measurement Stations are being formed. With this, the total number of stations would be 119.

Dr. Gomathinayagam said that the data would be made available to developers, financiers, planners, academia and other stakeholders on 24X7 basis for a nominal charge.

“We have collected data for two years and the first phase will go on for three more years. The project is funded by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy with broad aims of developing a network of automatic solar radiation stations in selected locations using high quality instruments traceable to World Radiometric Reference standard for developing the solar atlas of the country,” he said.

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