Imagine if over a period of time all petrol cars owners get converted to Electric Car owners. Imagine the amount of load that would be put on the Grid during charging. These modern cars would still be charging from the same old grid that existed 15 to 20 yrs ago, a grid that cannot expand anymore, cannot take any more load and a grid that is used to going offline intermittently and almost on the verge of collapsing completely.
The biggest question is what if the entire grid fails for a few days or months?… during periods of War or bad weather.
There are only 2 solutions to this:
1. Make it mandatory for all electric cars to be sold with Solar Panels on their Roof.
2. People have to install solar panels on their houses/buildings to create their own Electricity.
Is installing Solar Panels Feasible for India?
Whatever solar development happen it has to grow hand in hand with our fertile Agricultural land anything else would be a grave mistake and also a crime against other nations in the world. Solar Panel installation should not cannibalize on land. All Solar installation should have dual use.
This will also help in protecting the external walls against rainfall and elongating the wall’s life. The rainfall runoff can also be easily collected in separate tanks. There will be a lot of water used over the year to clean the surface of such panels. This water should also be reused.
Storm of Factors:
India presently is facing a perfect storm of factors that will drive solar photovoltaic (PV) adoption at a furious pace over the next five years and beyond.
The falling prices of PV panels, mostly from China but also from the U.S., has coincided with
- The growing cost of grid power in India.
- Rise in fuel prices.
- Government support and ample solar resources
All the above factors have helped to increase solar adoption in India.
India is planning to install the World's largest Solar Power Plant with 4,000 MW Capacity near Sambhar Lake in Rajasthan. Phase 1 of 1,000MW starting within the 1st year of construction. Another plus point of these Solar power plants are they can be installed and commissioned within months as opposed to 10 yrs for Nuclear power plants and 6 yrs for Hydro-Electric Power station.
Following is the amount of solar energy produced in India in various years:
Year 2005 production was 6.4 MW-yr of power as of 2005
Year 2007 production was less than 1% of the total energy demand.
December 2010 production was merely 10 MW.
Year 2011 468 MW of solar power production was added in 2011
By January 2014 the installed grid connected solar power had increased to 2,208 MW
Year 2017 – additional 10,000 MW expected and
Year 2022 – Total installed capacity expected to be 20,000 MW
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To counter his claims let me put forward at least 6 proof that people can successfully produce solar power in Kerala.
1. Annual Mean Solar irradiation map clearly shows Southern part of India getting more sun. At least more sun than Germany, USA, Norway, Japan, China, etc who are all more aggressive in pursuing their Solar Power goals than India!
2. The success story of Tenhipalam Panchayat.
3. Houseboats in Kerala have started to use Solar Panels.
Once more and more Solar Panels are installed in people’s house across the country not only will grid electricity become cheaper but the cost of charging your car and house electricity charges will reduce… at the same time increasing the agriculture output of the country, using electrical machinery for running the different kind of machinery and helping the produces reach faraway places at cheaper prices. Cost of proper storage by way of refrigeration, cooling or processing will come down. Cost of transporting 4 times the distance will be ¼ the price. As more and more Trucks become Electric Trucks the cost of transportation of food grain will reduce greatly. The whole effect of Electric Vehicles can in reality bring down Inflation drastically!
Thus... how we charge our car is a very serious question!