What’s holding back India’s solar energy revolution?
Sunlight is available to everyone. Why should large corporations be the only ones to enjoy the spoils?
Dispensing with big, unmanageable, loss-generating, corruption-loaded centralised grids, the need of the hour is a renewable energy feed and decentralised energy systems, which can be generated where it is needed, under the control of the people who will use it. The question is, how can a common man earn for the energy produced by him?
Of the total installed 2,000 MW solar capacity, 1,500 MW has been installed by young entrepreneurs. They pooled in their resources which are giving good returns. This involved purchasing land directly from owners, constructing power evacuation systems themselves, and dealing with about seven government departments. They must be helped, not discouraged.