It goes without saying that a tropical country like India, receives adequate solar radiation for more than 300 days a year. Unlike the USA, Canada or Europe the potential solar energy availability in India round the year is very huge. The 3,000 hours of sunshine available every year amounts to 5,000 trillion kWh of power. Almost all the regions of India get around 4-7 kwh equivalent of solar radiation per sq-mt. The intensity is pretty high in Gujrat, Rajasthan and Southern Indian states like Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
The one area of concern is the extremely high electricity losses happening during transmission and distribution of solar power. During the fiscal year of 2010-11 the loss was around 24.7%, however under the current power ministry, this is greatly rectified and the ministry is also working on reducing the peak power shortfall of 13% . To address this issue government is actively encouraging the use of domestic solar panels. Though India formally launched its National Solar Mission in Jan 2010, it is only in the past three years that the policy has really taken shape. This programme will provide significant incentives to encourage domestic, small-scale and large-scale investments for the production of solar energy. The goal of the mission is to achieve a overall installed solar capacity of 20 GW by 2022.
The capital cost of solar panels has come down drastically over the last three years. For large scale solar power plants it has come down from about $5 million per MW to $3 million per MW over the last three years, making solar power a true alternative to coal-generated thermal power. The solar panels for home usage has also seen a 60% reduction in cost over the last three years, making it really attractive for environmentally conscious home owners. With falling solar panel prices, the break-even point is further reduced making it as an attractive option for even the middle class people.
However, customers should be aware of the solar panel dealers, sub-standard panels are often sold at atrociously high prices by dealers. However, there are a few reputed solar panel providers in South India, one such is VDS systems, the popular VOIP, Telephony, Video Conference and CCTV hardware dealers are now in to solar panel in a big way in Kerala. They are providing top quality Solar power System for home. Instead of buying from unknown agencies, it is advisable to go for reputed names like this. They don’t provide a standard system for all, instead they will analyse your home and study your actual power requirement and propose you the best solar system ideally suited for your requirements with industry standard components.
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