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How healthy is the solar industry in your state?

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Solar energy is one of the major renewable sources of energy available in the earth. Sun is the major and largest source of energy. So if we are able to harvest this solar energy and utilize them for various purposes it will be a great achievement. Solar efficiency means the amount of ambient light that can be converted into usable electricity.

Kerala is one of the states of India now facing the electricity deficit problem. If we are able to harvest solar energy, we will be able to overcome this problem. Kerala depends mainly on conventional or nonrenewable energy source such as coal, diesel, gas and hydro energy. In Kerala Only 4% of the total installed plant capacity rely on renewable energy sources. Kerala has a solar rooftop potential of 10,000 MW at the present efficiency level of 16.5 per cent. If module is improved the efficiency could increase to 20,000 MW.

The incredible growth in global solar capacity has been accomplished thanks to FIT and rooftop grid connected solar panel installation, he told Business Line on the sidelines of a lecture here. Massive production of components has brought down the unit price of components resulting in overall decline in cost of solar power.

In a giant leap towards using renewable energy to reduce CO2 emissions, Kerala’s Cochin International Airport (CIAL) has become the first airport in the world to operate entirely on solar power. The airport has set up a 12 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant to provide for its energy needs. It is also the single largest solar project to be constructed in any airport in India. A press release issued by airport authorities says the annual power production of the plant will be 18 million units, and over the next 25 years, this project will help the airport avoid more than 300,000 tons of CO2 emissions, which is equivalent to planting 3 million trees.

Having the world’s first solar powered airport, as well as India’s first floating PV projects and solar education centre and, the state of Kerala has been a frontrunner in innovation and now its industry has a watch on an intensely ambitious rooftop solar goal.

What are the latest solar power technologies?

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Solar energy is the purest and most abundant renewable energy source available on earth. The U.S. has some of the world’s richest solar resources and there exists several solar panel energy system company in New York. Today’s technology allows us to harness this resource by solar panel process and installation, giving the public and commercial entities flexible ways to employ both the light and heat of the sun.

photovoltaic is a technique by which light is directly convert into electricity; concentrating solar power, which uses heat from the sun (solar power) to drive utility requirements, electric turbines, working of heating and cooling systems, which collect thermal energy to provide hot water and air conditioning.

Below are examples of innovative, low-cost ways solar energy is being used to enhance our daily lives.

Solar powered roads

The roadways in USA are heralded for their ability to generate clean energy, but they also include LED bulbs that can light roads at night and have the thermal heating capacity to melt snow during winter weather.

Wearable solar

Tiny solar panels can now be sewed into the fabric of clothing. The wearable solar products of the past, like solar-powered watches and solar-powered calculators, have typically been made with hard plastic material. This innovative textile concept makes it possible for solar to expand into home products like window curtains and lively consumer clean tech like heated car seats. 
Solar batteries

The concepts of off-grid solar and solar plus storage have won popularity in USA and solar power system providers have taken notice. Solar storage is still a fairly expensive product but a surge in demand from solar shoppers is expected to bring more efficient and affordable batteries to market in 2018.

Solar thermal fuel (STF)

The technology and process behind STFs is comparable to a typical solar powered battery. The STF can harvest sunlight energy, store it as a charge and then release it when needed.

Solar water purifiers

As the technology behind solar purifiers continues to enhance, expect these small-sized devices to come to market with hikers and campers in mind as an ideal consumer audience.

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