Close your eyes for a moment and imagine the future you would want to live in. You must have mused of flying cars, robot assistants, underwater cities or a world, which has seen the end to problems of hunger, poverty, and violence. If your dreams were on the similar track, you are without a doubt a very imaginative and a concerned human being. However, the truth is, you are dreaming a dream, which will never find its feet. Before cussing us for saying that, allow us to explain. We will have all the state of the art technology with the highly skilled, best in their field engineers to implement the finest machine craft humankind has ever seen. However, did you imagine how would these machines operate? What possible sources of energy would be required to run them? If you are thinking about petrol and diesel, here is a fact you should know. We will run out of petrol by 2088, oil reserves by 2052, gas by 2060! Now what?
“If aliens visited us, I would be ashamed to tell them that we still dig fossil fuels from the ground as a source of energy”, said Niel DeGrasse Tyson
The need of the hour is to look forward to alternatives. Fossil fuels are non-renewable resources with the included disadvantages of their high costs and the harm they do to the environment. An efficient and a more feasible alternative for our energy requirements is solar energy.
It is a matter of great pride that India is leading the way for the world to realize the potential of the solar energy. The busiest airport of Kerala state in India, and the fourth busiest airport in India in terms of international traffic, Cochin International Airport became the world’s first fully solar-powered airport in 2015. Cochin International Airport Limited is one of the finest examples to depict the Indian affinity of solar energy. The airport has been recognized as the first airport in the world to run its entire operations on solar energy. Kurnool Ultra Mega Solar Park is the world’s largest solar park, spread over a total area of 5,932.32 acres in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh.
We are not politicizing our views but the credit for this turnaround goes to the man with a vision, Prime Minister Narendra Modi. India’s solar market will be worth billions of dollars over the next decade. India’s solar potential has a supportive environment and is improving fast enough. In no time, it has the potential to generate a $6 billion to $7 billion capital-equipment market and close to $4 billion in annual revenues for grid-connected solar generators.
Mr. Modi’s works in the field of Energy and Environmental leadership has been recognized all over the globe. It was recently, the Prime Minister was awarded the ‘Champion of the Earth‘ award, presented to him by The United Nations Environment. Along with him, The French president Emmanuel Macron was also bestowed with the honor. Both of the leaders are known for the leadership skills they demonstrate when it comes to promoting the energy of the future, namely the solar energy. UN Environment lauded both the country representatives speaking loads of the valiant efforts of their bold environmental visions.
It is under Modi’s leadership that India has pledged to eliminate all single-use plastics in the country by the year 2022. The pledge in itself is remarkable and goes down as one of the most important steps for a better future for humanity.
“This years’ laureate are recognised for a combination of bold, innovative, and tireless efforts to tackle some of the most urgent environmental issues of our times,” UN said in a press release.
Prime Minister Modi has many achievements under his belt and his efforts have put India on the world map to the leaders of the future. He supports the International Solar Alliance, which is a partnership on the global stage to scale up solar energy. The International Solar Alliance is an alliance of more than 121 countries, a majority of them share the benefits of vitamin D from the biggest natural battery (the Sun) for a long period of time as most of these nations lie between the equator and the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. ISA was founded in Paris and is headquartered in Gurugram.
India is known to have a tremendous scope of being the center market of solar energy generation. The geographical location of the country is a major advantage benefiting the solar energy generation here. India is a tropical country and it receives solar radiation almost throughout the year. This sums up to as long as 3,000 hours of sunshine.
We are slowly gaining our prominence in the solar power generation front. The National Solar Mission and various States collaborating for the most comprehensive and ambitious projects are all stepping-stones for a “bright” future. Considering all these facts, we can envision India dominating the domain within decades to come.