About Solar Thermal
“The world must turn to (the) sun to power our future,” India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the historic COP21 climate conference in Paris held in 2015. “As the developing world lifts billions of people into prosperity, our hope for a sustainable planet rests on a bold, global initiative.”
India is the third largest energy consumer in the world. It uses fossil fuel resources to generate 70% of its electricity and in the process is the 4th largest carbon dioxide emitter in the world, mainly due to is coal consumption. Add to that the projected economic growth and the increase in population, and the demand for energy in India is expected to double by 2040.
Generating clean renewable electricity is crucial for India where nearly 300 million people—about a quarter of its population—live without access to electricity. Today, only 12.5 % of India’s energy is from renewable energy resources. Many of the greatest hurdles we will face in the coming years will be a direct result of how we currently and eventually decide to procure energy necessary for our standard of living and sustenance.
With around 300 days of sunshine every year, India has among the best conditions in the world to harness solar energy. The rapid expansion of solar power can improve the quality of life for millions of Indians, create thousands of jobs in the solar industry and drive progress in all areas of development.
National and global issues will eventually have to be addressed by using energy more efficiently and more importantly, by developing local, sustainable and renewable energy sources.