World’s Largest Rooftop Solar Power Project in Punjab

Energy shortage is a major concern in India. The problem affects mainly rural areas and threatens the development of the country’s economy with energy shortage. The size of the territory along with the daily exposure levels to sunlight are the answer to fulfill India’s growing demand for the most efficient sources of energy.

As many studies have been proving, solar power has the potential to offer long-term and longstanding solutions to developing countries, such as India. Green energy is cheap, inexhaustible and environmentally friendly. For the past few years, India has been aggressively pursuing development in renewable energy and wants to be the world leader in it, especially solar energy.

The country’s unquestionable potential has caught the attention of international power companies and the government has made the sector more attractive for investors with initiatives like the National Solar Mission. In the near future the country will have the world’s largest single rooftop solar power project and this is just one of the many world-class projects that are currently in development.

Why India is building the largest rooftop Solar power project?

The expansion of the solar market, along with government’s favorable energy policies, has created a favorable environment for investments and business in the sector. In September 2014, it was reported that the largest engineering and construction company had commissioned the largest ever single rooftop solar project.

This 7.52MW project is located in the eternal city of Amritsar, Punjab and was developed by Larsen and Toubro. The construction company has been involved in the development of many solar projects, totaling 400MW, that are helping reduce India’s energy problems.

What the Solar power project will bring to Punjab?

Punjab is located in north India and has one of the highest energy tariffs in the country. The prime sector of activity in the state is agriculture and farmers of Punjab are responsible for supplying food products to the entire state and a significant portion of the country’s consumers. Therefore an energy shortage can directly affect the market by raising the cost of the products.

In order to solve their energy problems, many farmers and industries have installed rooftop solar systems and have become fully or partially independent of the power grid. The phenomenon has been growing as the result of India’s coal supply crunch and is an excellent alternative for those who want to save money, investing in ecologically sustainable sources of energy.

Recently, the state of Punjab announced the intention to install utility-scale projects of 2 000 MW capacity and solar rooftop projects of 100 MW capacity. Step by step, India is solving its energy problems, while consolidating the country’s position as a solar leader in the international market.

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Gayrajan Kohli
Gayrajan Kohli
Gayrajan is a staunch solar promoter, serial entrepreneur & management consultant. He has a decade of experience in solar PV, disruptive technologies and political consultancy in USA and India. He believes that development of solar and other renewable technologies is critical to India's energy security. Gayrajan holds a Masters and a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from USA. Follow him on Twitter to gain daily industry insights.
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