Going Solar…

What a great relief this news brings us while we ‘enjoy’ the power cuts!! Another awakening story reveals..

BP and Tata plan to invest USD 100 million to create solar mega plant in Bangalore to meet the demands of Indian and global solar PV markets.
On Mar. 21, 2007, at the inauguration of a new 36MW solar photovoltaic (PV) production line, the board of Tata BP Solar confirmed that this represents another step towards realizing the designed potential of the 300 MW plant. The new production line has seen TBPS more than double its cell manufacturing capacity to reach some 50 MW per annum. The next phase of the expansion will see an additional 128 MW of cell manufacturing capacity added during 2007-08

This Tata BP Solar is a Joint Venture between Tata Power Company, a pioneer in the power sector in India and BP Solar, one of the largest solar companies in the world. The company is focused on designing, engineering, manufacturing, supplying and installing Solar Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal systems that cater to both domestic and industrial needs.

Though our country has an enormous renewable energy potential, the current installed capacity of around 8100-MW is currently derived from renewable energy sources like sun, wind and biomass. Even though it constitutes just about 7% of the total installed power generation capacity, we are one of the pioneers in utilizing a part of its huge reserve of renewable energy sources. Perhaps time has come to seriously look at such options for cities like Bangalore where the sunshine is available for more than 300 days in a year!! Indeed a welcome move, isn’t it?

4 Comments so far

  1. Chitra (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2007 @ 5:43 am

    Great news, Rajesh! Really, the use of Solar Power is the only way to go.

  2. Geoff (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2007 @ 9:11 am

    Now if we in the U.S. (the largest consumer of just about everything including energy) could start learning from such examples, the world would be a lot better off. It saddens me that my country is the slowest toward getting on-board with what is obviously the next generation of energy production.

  3. silkboard (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2007 @ 9:22 am

    With avg daily temperatures on the up in all our cities, we have even more solar energy available to tap. Isn’t it?

  4. M O H A N (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2007 @ 10:29 am

    Its just a very good post rajesh. I have been using solar for nearly 7 years now and its free. We should pump more for this energy than anything else. Last year sulzon has seen lots of profits in wind power. If you drive down pollachi road in TN, its a beauty to see all those gaint wheels.

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