India going solar?

India is about to launch a tender for 100 gigawatts of solar power, 10 times the size of the current largest solar tender in the world – another Indian project scheduled to open for bids later this month. I really doubt that the country has neither the infrastructure nor the energy demand to warrant installing so much solar capacity

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India's government grasping. They promised this before, few times 

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5 minutes ago, Sefko Trafikant said:

India is about to launch a tender for 100 gigawatts of solar power, 10 times the size of the current largest solar tender in the world – another Indian project scheduled to open for bids later this month. I really doubt that the country has neither the infrastructure nor the energy demand to warrant installing so much solar capacity

Why aren't tracts of available, uninhabited land such as deserts covered in solar panels? India should definitely do it. Can't they sell the surplus?

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Just now, 李伟王芳 said:

Why aren't tracts of available, uninhabited land such as deserts covered in solar panels? India should definitely do it. Can't they sell the surplus?

China has done that and continues to do more. Australia as well

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Some stats here on Indian electrical sector. 

344 GW of capacity

1433 TWH annual demand. 

100GW could be integrated into that. 100GW would generate about 180 TWH / 12.5% of power. 

Also the sector is rapidly growing so 100GW will be integrated into a sector somewhat bigger than 344GW. 

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Just now, NickW said:

Some stats here on Indian electrical sector. 

344 GW of capacity

1433 TWH annual demand. 

100GW could be integrated into that. 100GW would generate about 180 TWH / 12.5% of power. 

Also the sector is rapidly growing so 100GW will be integrated into a sector somewhat bigger than 344GW. 

240 million Indians have no electricity.  Maybe the government should help them, instead of selling it

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2 minutes ago, 李伟王芳 said:

Why aren't tracts of available, uninhabited land such as deserts covered in solar panels? India should definitely do it. Can't they sell the surplus?

They are deploying floating panels on canals. There are a number of benefits - the panels are more efficient due to the cooling effect and the canals lose less water to evaporation. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canal_Solar_Power_Project

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10 minutes ago, Sefko Trafikant said:

India is about to launch a tender for 100 gigawatts of solar power, 10 times the size of the current largest solar tender in the world – another Indian project scheduled to open for bids later this month. I really doubt that the country has neither the infrastructure nor the energy demand to warrant installing so much solar capacity

At $30.00 per kilowatt installed it makes no sense to even continue firing any coal or oil or even natural gas turbines. Any entity or government that continues is just her politicians padding their bank accounts and screwing their populace.

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Just now, Ajan Bosnjacki said:

240 million Indians have no electricity.  Maybe the government should help them, instead of selling it

Because they need to build a transmission network in the rural areas however batteries and solar may offer the potential to provide power without the expense of transmission lines. 

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1 minute ago, 李伟王芳 said:

At $30.00 per kilowatt installed it makes no sense to even continue firing any coal or oil or even natural gas turbines. Any entity or government that continues is just her politicians padding their bank accounts and screwing their populace.

I read somewhere that solar and wind in India are 50% cheaper than coal

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4 minutes ago, NickW said:

Because they need to build a transmission network in the rural areas however batteries and solar may offer the potential to provide power without the expense of transmission lines. 

India needs improved distribution system and most of all it needs power prices that are affordable for the 800 million Indians who are not part of the affluent middle and wealthier classes. If you cant afford fridge, solar means nothing

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2 minutes ago, Meanwhile said:

India needs improved distribution system and most of all it needs power prices that are affordable for the 800 million Indians who are not part of the affluent middle and wealthier classes. If you cant afford fridge, solar means nothing

Thats a political issue about redistribution of wealth. 

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1 minute ago, Meanwhile said:

India needs improved distribution system and most of all it needs power prices that are affordable for the 800 million Indians who are not part of the affluent middle and wealthier classes. If you cant afford fridge, solar means nothing

India indeed has amongst the cheapest power and renewables are contributing to these low costs but the fact remains that even these cheap prices are beyond the reach of many. $0.10 per kwh and a $2 monthly connection fee but in many rural areas income is around $0.55 per hour. Forget a fridge 

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13 minutes ago, 李伟王芳 said:

Why aren't tracts of available, uninhabited land such as deserts covered in solar panels? India should definitely do it. Can't they sell the surplus?

Problems are hopelessly overloaded and chaotic grids

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Is biogas being fully utilized in rural India? It is not complex and can be done on small or large scale. Simple home built plans are available.

Biogas https://docs.google.com/document/d/1N-TLMeHsKYBCirxS0vbqMGHpU2SmyLuCc7bqp8eYXVM/edit

Home scale https://www.motherearthnews.com/renewable-energy/other-renewables/biogas-generator-zm0z14aszrob#axzz3AnX2ETNm

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8 hours ago, Sefko Trafikant said:

India is about to launch a tender for 100 gigawatts of solar power, 10 times the size of the current largest solar tender in the world – another Indian project scheduled to open for bids later this month. I really doubt that the country has neither the infrastructure nor the energy demand to warrant installing so much solar capacity

Actually thermal power companies  are lobbying to stop the solar power auctions as there is no demand for additional energy but it will hit the coal based thermal  power companies very hard as govt may not buy the power from these thermal power plants. They have closed many coal plants in last 4 years. Coming to infra, we dont have that infra, but we have to import solar panels from china/other countries.

What my guess is:

Modi promised electricity for all by 2022, Modi is expanding the solar power capacity very vastly to achieve this goal.

Govt is planning to convert most of the public buses to run on electricity, for this they need more energy which they want it from solar.

Solar power is dead cheap compare to coal based power . So obviously govt is trying to take advantage of it.

 

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India is preparing for 100% electric vehicle mobility by 2030

 

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On ‎7‎/‎6‎/‎2018 at 2:13 AM, Sefko Trafikant said:

China has done that and continues to do more. Australia as well

To correct you on that point, Australia may have a few panels out in the desert but those installations are quite small compared with the overall supply requirements. Australia's deserts are far removed from the urban centres. It has a lot of rooftop installations. I know less about China but I do know that the vast bulk of the country's renewable energy is hydro. Only a few per cent comes from wind and solar, with the bulk of that coming from wind. 

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