Tumkur: Solar Project in Karnataka

Tumkur: Solar Project in Karnataka

Generating clean electricity using solar power

Karnataka, INDIEN*

Due to its rapidly increasing population and fast-growing economy, India‘s energy demand is expected to more than double until 2025. Although the country is home to some of the largest renewable potential in the world, India is still heavily reliant on fossil fuels. At the same time though, India is among the countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change; drought, crop failures and floods are already considerable problems and their impacts are only going to get worse in the near future.

Another problem in India is the lack of electrification in many areas of the country. Around 240 million Indians still have no access to electricity, accounting for nearly a quarter of all those in the world without a power connection. The inadequate power supply also has economic impacts and hinders the growth and development of many areas. Improving energy supply in an environmentally sustainable way is vital for India. Projects such as this one help contribute to the diversification of the energy mix whilst reducing India‘s dependency on fossil fuels. The state of Rajasthan has great potential for the utilization of solar power. Due to high solar radiation levels and suitable topography, Rajasthan is among the top states in India for harnessing solar power.

The project involves the construction and operation of a photovoltaic solar facility near the village of Thirumani in Karnataka. The solar farm has a total installed capacity of 100MW and produces about 181GWh of clean electricity every year. Based on average per capita consumption in India, the project will be able to sustainably cover the power demands of 225.000 people each year. By feeding this electricity into the public grid network, the project contributes to the reduction of the the grid‘s carbon intensity and therefore helps in the fight against climate change.

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Climate protection taken seriously - with its own coal exit law

According to the Climate Protection Index 2017 (Germanwatch), India is ranked number nine places overall (!) In Germany in the international climate protection ranking.
And although India is one of the top ten emitters of carbon due to its 1.3 billion population, its per capita emissions are still at a relatively low level. Nevertheless, the country's emissions are currently rising rapidly. Although about 25 percent of the rising energy consumption is covered by renewable energies, there is still enough room for improvement.

India's government wants to quadruple the share of renewable energies by 2022. Electricity from solar collectors is already the cheapest source of electricity in India today. By 2026, all coal power plants are to be abolished. In 58 developing countries, including India, electricity from wind and sun is already cheaper than electricity from fossil fuels. (Bloomberg) With our climate protection projects from India, we support the climate protection efforts of the central government, which has been playing a pioneering role for years now compared to Germany. Germany, as alleged climate protection pioneer subsidizes today, and probably the next decades, the brown coal electricity generation with billions of taxpayer money. 

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