Solar power is a boon to our country. The need of the hour is to meet the increasing power demands of the proliferating population of our country the “green way”.
The state of Haryana resolved to go solar on this new year. This serves to be a great push for solar power in our country. It has become mandatory for all buildings on plot size of 500 square yards or more to install rooftop solar power systems by September 2015. The minimum solar power capacity to be installed is 1 kilo Watt or 5% of a building’s connected load, whichever is higher. The order will be applicable to private bungalows, group housing societies, builder apartments, malls, offices, commercial complexes, schools, hospitals — any building, new or old, that meets the plot size criteria. Failure to install the solar panels by September would attract penalties between Rs 10,000 and Rs 10 lakh, officials said. Its implementation will help the power-hungry state augment generation and ease pressure on its distribution network that’s prone to breakdowns, particularly in Gurgaon where demand is very high.
Coming to the benefit of going solar, switching to solar power also has a huge effect on the environment. It will also help in meeting the power demands which are increasing by the hour. The opportunity to enjoy clean energy for homeowners to power their homes is great motivation for anyone who cares for the environment and the future. Making solar mandatory for buildings will lead to reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and hence, help in fighting Global warming and hence, ozone depletion. Apart from all the environmental benefits, installing solar power on our roofs gives us access to electricity without any noise pollution and also at a cheaper rate than other forms of backup like diesel generator. Netmetering is now a reality in 19 states. Net metering allows residential and commercial customers who generate their own electricity from solar power to feed electricity they do not use back into the grid. All these factors make solar power both eco-friendly and economical.
India has a huge population of young and talented people. The youth of our country can benefit a lot from such policies too. Making solar compulsory means more skilled people would be required to accomplish new installations. Solar power industry has the potential to employ individuals of all streams and backgrounds. Considering the pace with which it is growing, solar is expected to generate over three lakhs jobs in India. Hence, many young enthusiastic people will get a chance become a part of this rapidly growing industry.
Solar power is not just eco-friendly and economical, but also has a huge potential in fighting unemployment in India.