One of the most widely used renewable sources of energy, its importance is slowly stabilizing in the minds of people and which is exactly why you can see an increase in the number of people considering solar energy in their day-to-day energy needs. It is believed that India will become the 4th largest consumer of renewable sources by 2030, with solar and wind energy projects to attract investments up to $20 billion each year from the coming fiscal until 2018-19, according to the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency. India is also home to Cochin Airport, the world’s first airport to operate fully on solar power! Solar energy requires less maintenance and has no restricted life span whatsoever! It helps in decreasing the existence of harmful gases in the atmosphere and does not contribute to acid rains, global warming, forest destruction and other natural disasters.
Solar energy information : Solar energy is a form of thermal energy which can be used to meet our electricity requirements. Thermal energy is found everywhere and of course is completely free of cost! Through Solar Photovoltaic cells, solar radiation gets converted into DC electricity directly. This electricity can either be used as it is or can be stored in the battery. This stored electrical energy then can be used at night.
Some of its important applications are: 1. Lighting- homes, offices 2. Street lights 3. Electrification of small areas like villages 4. Water Pumping 5. De-salination of salty water 6. Railway signals 7. Heating purposes 8. Watering plants through solar irrigation And last but not the least, it’s a much needed pacifier for your electricity bill!