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Solar Cities Emerge in India

Rajiv Kumar Gupta, Senior IAS Officer
Thursday, December 6, 2012 12:34 EST

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stotheco
stotheco  
12/11/2012 5:17:07 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Thank you.
I share the same sentiments. It's very encouraging to see efforts like these that push towards sustainability and for a greener world. Solar energy remains untapped by so many other countries, some that might even have more resources than India. So this is really a laudable effort.

Jeremy.Johnson
Jeremy.Johnson  
12/7/2012 7:29:14 PM
User Rank City Slicker
Thank you.
I'm very happy to see that a country with 1/6th the global population is making sincere efforts in advancing green technologies.

Gives me hope for the #1 energy consumer in the world, ya know?

Simon Hersom
Simon Hersom  
12/6/2012 6:44:10 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: It's a start
I recall Masdar in Abu Dhabi running an experiment to compare lots of different makes of panel in identical configurations.  They said that actual output and angle of effectiveness varied significantly but I don't remember tehm publishing the results.

They found also that the very fine Gulf sand lowered outputs substantially so they all had to be cleaned daily

Peter_Newton
Peter_Newton  
12/6/2012 5:37:41 PM
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Solar in India
Really interesting post, it's great to see what's happening in India on the sustainability front. I was at a lecture about a week ago by James Martin in oxford where he referred to the solar canal and its obvious benefits of no land take for a solar project and reduced water evaporation from the canal, two excellent outcomes, I hope the financial viability can work for more of this to work.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/6/2012 4:01:02 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: It's a start
I totally agree that regardless of the outcome of these projects, it's incredibly useful for other cities in India and around the world to learn about the results of Gujarat's experiments with solar panels over large land areas, over rooftops, and over water.

Again, we are seeing progress being made in an area that is under pressure because it has no choice but to change. The rate of urban growth in India is unsustainable without progress in the fields of energy and water. This will benefit India's cities in the long run.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/6/2012 2:35:41 PM
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It's a start
Thank you for this snapshot view of key solar projects in India, Rajiv. While questions abound, it's important, I think, that three big projects not only have started the conversation but serve as live demos that other cities can learn from.

Cities can make projections and plans, but it's implementation that sets the wheels of progress in motion.

arv
arv  
12/6/2012 2:03:11 PM
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Any outcome so far??
Do we have any outcome out of these experiments... how efficient are these so that  something of this kind can be done in other cities like Bangalore or Hyderabad (off course the governement has to be pro-active in this regards...)

arv
arv  
12/6/2012 1:31:05 PM
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Solar is the key looking forward
Sanjeev, Thanks for the post and its great to hear about the dream of CM of having a first "Solar City of India".

   The DC-AC conversion loss eats up a lot of Solar energy that is trapped, is the government planning on having direct DC Transmission and systems?

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