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Operational issues faced by the solar industry in India

Posted on : 11 Feb 2020

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  • The solar panels used are not designed for very high temperatures. In remote areas with high temperatures, the panels do not yield their optimal usage.
  • Dust is a problem, especially in Rajasthan, which require frequent cleaning and increase the operational costs. There is alluvial dust present in plains of north India and delta regions of south India) which turns into mud when water is poured.
  • Other main issue is the hardness of the water. Hard water is not suitable for cleaning, and companies have to invest in reverse osmosis (RO) and other technology to make it suitable.
  • Skilled workforce is required for cleaning and maintenance is not available in these areas and so companies have to bring them in from other areas and train them.
  • The land space required to install a solar plant with solar panel is quite large. India is already a highly populous and land starved country. It is difficult to find such large portions of land; and once the solar capacity is installed, the land cannot be used for any other purpose for an extended period of time.

Article Related Questions

  1. Recently, the government increased its non-fossil fuel power commitment to 450 GW by 2022. But solar energy, which constitutes the maximum share of this renewable energy target, faces operational issues. In this context, which of the following statements are correct?
    1.The solar panels used in India are not designed for very high temperatures.
    2.Lack of soft water in India is a problem for the industry.designed for very high temperatures.
    2.Lack of soft water in India is a problem for the industry.
    3.Alluvial dust in north Indian plains and Southern delta is also a cause of concern.
    Choose the correct answer

  2. 1.1 and 2 only

    2.2 and 3 only

    3.1 and 3 only

    4.1, 2 and 3

    Right Ans : 1, 2 and 3

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