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RENEWABLE ENERGY well-planned >> FROM PAGE 67 and stable electrical infrastructure development. Again, this reminds me of the early times for wind in Tamil Nadu when the wind prevalent areas had criss- crossing 11 KV and 33 KV lines. Such unplanned deployment lead to grid instability and finally problems escalated to such an extent that the utility had to ask wind farms to back down power since the grid could not handle the wind power produced. Way back in 2004, the estimate that TNEB made was that it needed about Rs.500 crores to strengthen its lines so that it could evacuate the power effectively. Learning from these mistakes, the developers did plan for the electrical grid infrastructure in other states properly. It is paramount to realise that this was possible only due to the fact that their previous experience helped to expedite the process of identifying the right land and placing the mechanism to acquire the land in a well-planned manner. Since the solar prices have reached almost rock bottom; It makes sense now, to move away from the tender route and adopt a firm tariff rate for a specific period (which may periodically be revised by the regulatory commission), as is done in other sectors of the renewable industry. This will surely enable the developers to plan the land acquisition more effectively and will provide the necessary impetus for the push towards the 100GW target by 2020 MR. URVISH DAVE RENEWABLE ENERGY CONSULTANT Sunny Days ahead for Solar Cooking in India Majority of Indian developers, investors and industry stakeholders are going in for solar PV depriving solar thermal of its potential & ability to contribute in the solar arena of India. Solar concentrator and solar thermal systems are making waves in recent times across India & as many of you may know Shri Deepak Gadhia and his company Gadhia Solar were instrumental in bringing solar concentrator technology to India and making it a huge commercial success much before anyone thought of solar technologies. Very recently a solar cooking system supplied and installed by him at Shirdi Temple in Maharashtra was covered extensively in an episode of national geographic under its mega kitchen series named Shirdi MahaKitchen. The Green Ashram has become sort of Mecca for people who want to see and learn about renewable technologies and sustainability and has thousands of visitors Figure 1: New Solar Concentrator at Green Ashram. every year. Hundreds of students from engineering colleges in India and abroad visit Ashram to take ideas and learn from various renewable technologies installed and operational at Muni Seva Ashram. Even Dr. Abdul Kalam our beloved ex-President visited the Ashram to see for himself how it is very close to full-filling a concept he is promoting called PUARA “Providing Urban Amenities in Rural India” and went back satisfied and has written of his visit and experience in his blogs, websites and talks about it in his lectures. Ashram deploys and uses various renewable technologies not only to reduce its fuel consumption and reduce its carbon foot-print but also to show, promote and offer renewable energy solutions to others. Being a NGO Ashram could not >> TO PAGE 69 68 energetica INDIA · SEP | OCT15


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