Taipei, Thursday, September 29, 2016 05:25 (GMT+8)
scattered thunderstorms
Taipei
29°C
Commentary: India marks 1GW solar milestone with power outage
Jackie Chang, DIGITIMES, Taipei [Friday 3 August 2012]

For a country to begin and maintain industrialization, infrastructures such as railroad systems, highways, bridges, ports, buildings, roads, and most important of all, electricity, are necessary. India, one of the world's largest emerging countries has been growing at an average rate of 7.37% (from 2000-2012). This astonishing growth requires even faster electricity growth. Nevertheless, India continues to be an electricity-starved country.

This week, when India should be celebrating the 1GW solar power milestone, half of the country has been suffering from power outage. According to PV Magazine, India's solar installation reached 1,030.66MW with most of the installations located in Gujarat.

Coal, ignite and hydro-electric are the main source of power generation in India, according to BBC News. In addition, homes and farms consume more power than industries and businesses, said the news outlet. According to Brisbane Times, demand for electricity in India regularly exceeds supply by 10% during summer. This means India is no stranger to power outages.

India has been seen as an emerging solar market with large potentials. Currently, there are still 300 million people without access to electricity. Charanka Solar Park, the world's largest solar power station and a cluster of 17 thin-film solar PV systems, is situated in Gujarat state. On April 19, 2012, 214MW of power was commissioned. When the construction of the park completes, it will host 500MW of solar PV installations. This figure might be small compared to the total installed electricity capacity of 170,000MW of the country, but it will help as per capita of electricity consumption in India has been low, around 107 watt per person (2011). India has lower per capita of electricity consumption than countries such as China, which is 389 watt per person, and the world average is 306 watt per person (2005-2012).

The government has been proposing energy bills to promote the use of solar power. In addition, to protect the domestic solar industry, the government has begun anti-dumping investigations against China-based solar firms. Despite the efforts, India is still in need of more power. Some believe the problem is not about generating power but to reduce the power losses during transmission and distribution. BBC News noted that in India, "transmission and distribution losses have leapt from 22% in 1995-1996 to 25.6% in 2009-2010."

For a country that hopes to continue growing at the current scale, a strong and powerful grid would certainly help.

Realtime news
  • Digitimes Research: Global average LTE-based data transfer speed rises unnoticeable

    Mobile + telecom | 5h 58min ago

  • China market: Xiaomi launches Mi 5s, Mi 5s Plus, Mi TV 3s

    Mobile + telecom | 6h 21min ago

  • Sharp buys back office building in Japan

    Before Going to Press | 7h 47min ago

  • Telecommunications and automotive players form global cross-industry 5G Automotive Association

    Before Going to Press | 8h 26min ago

  • NXP establishing security standards for smart cars in China with cross-sector collaborations

    Before Going to Press | 9h 25min ago

  • DRAM spot prices hit 7-month high, says DRAMeXchange

    Before Going to Press | 9h 26min ago

  • Analog IC firm Leadtrend grows shipments for mobile devices

    Before Going to Press | 9h 27min ago

  • Kingston affiliate buys 70% of Innostor

    Before Going to Press | 9h 27min ago

  • TS Solartech to lay off 200 employees

    Before Going to Press | 10h 11min ago

  • Lenovo to downsize personnel by 2%

    Before Going to Press | 10h 11min ago

  • IC design house ITE Tech looks to 12-15% sequential growth in 3Q16 revenues

    Before Going to Press | 10h 12min ago

  • Taiwan ranks 14th in WEF 2016 GCI

    Before Going to Press | 10h 12min ago

  • China market: Xiaomi launches Mi 5s, Mi 5s Plus, Mi TV 3s

    Before Going to Press | 10h 14min ago

  • 53 million Ultra HD TVs to be globally shipped in 2016, says WitsView

    Before Going to Press | 10h 15min ago

  • Wistron NeWeb to post strong sales in 3Q16

    Before Going to Press | 10h 16min ago

Pause
 | 
View more
China smartphone touch-panel industry 2016 forecast
Trends and forecasts for the China FPD industry, 2014-2017
The transition to 4k TV - UHD TV market forecast, 2014-2017
  • Wireless broadband developments in Southeast Asia markets

    As of 2013, the 10 ASEAN nations had a total of over 700 million mobile subscriptions, with the CAGR from 2003-2013 reaching 24%. This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the various mobile broadband markets in ASEAN and looks at the respective trends in 4G LTE development for those markets.

  • 2015 global tablet demand forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report provides a 2015 forecast for the global tablet market and analyzes the strategies of key market players such as Google, Apple, Intel, and Microsoft.

  • 2015 China smartphone panel trend forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the strategies of key China-based major panel makers BOE, Tianma and IVO for attacking the different market segments through technology and pricing, and their relationship to local vendors Huawei, Lenovo, ZTE, Xiaomi and Coolpad.