Cdr Sanjay Kaul (Retd)
Commander Sanjay Kaul an alumni of National Defence Academy, commissioned in Indian Navy in January 1991. He took the premature retirement from the services and started an NGO Kakini Building Humanity (KBH). He brought in latest technology education and integrated the same with solar energy. He is also chairman and Managing Director of Reparo Defence & Aerospace.
He was instrumental in setting up of India’s first skydiving company “SKYRIDERS” based at Mysore
In your opinion is solar the future source of energy for India and Globe?
India has put its target of 5 trillion economy by 2025. The main challenges the country faces are:-
• Population continue to grow, so too does its demand for energy.
• India is also particularly vulnerable to climate change.
Solar power could be the answer to both problems. With 300 sunny days a year, India can lead the world in solar capacity. India can become the model for nations around the globe by creating a pathway to sustainable growth, rising prosperity, environmental justice and a clean energy future. It can lead the developing nations which are expected to generate the bulk of global growth in the coming decade, reduce their carbon footprint while fulfilling their economic potential. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set a goal to generate 450 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2030. If achieved, it also means that India would generate 60% of its electricity from non-fossil fuel sources by 2030,
So solar energy is the future energy source of India. With around 300 sunny days a year, India has potential to lead the world in solar electricity, which will be less expensive then existing coal-fired power by 2030. Let all industries put their hands together to make Prime Minsters Slogan, One Sun, One World, One Grid (trans-national electricity Grid) supplying solar across the globe a reality.
What are the top three benefits of using solar energy?
• Green Energy. The foremost benefit of Solar is that it does not harm the environment through factors such as releasing greenhouse gages into the atmosphere. It can be harnessed in all areas of the world and is available every day. We cannot run out of solar energy, unlike some of the other sources of energy. Solar energy will be accessible as long as we have the sun, therefore sunlight will be available to us for at least 5 billion years when according to scientists the sun is going to die.
• Reduces Electricity Bills. Since you will be meeting some of your energy needs with the electricity your solar system has generated, your energy bills will drop. How much you save on your bill will be dependent on the size of the solar systems and your electricity or heat usage.
Moreover, not only will you be saving on the electricity bill, but there is also a possibility to receive payments for the surplus energy
that you export back to the grid through the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG). If you generate more electricity than you use (considering that your solar panel system is connected to the grid).
• Solar energy systems generally don’t require a lot of maintenance. You only need to keep them relatively clean, so cleaning them a couple of times per year will do the job. Most reliable solar panel manufacturers offer 20-25 years warranty. Also, as there are no moving parts, there is no wear and tear. The inverter is usually the only part that needs to be changed after 5-10 years because it is continuously working to convert solar energy into electricity and heat.