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Karnataka a hotspot for solar energy: ISRO

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BENGALURU: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has recognised Karnataka as one of the hotspots in the country for assured solar energy, based on a recent study conducted by them.

According to the study, the state has the capacity to accommodate high-density solar pockets and it recommends the setting up of energy plants.

Most parts of Karnataka receive ‘high’ solar energy annually (2,000-2,500 kilowatt-hours per square meter), while some pockets get ‘very high’ — more than 2,500 kWh per square meter per year.

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“The over-consumption of the available conventional energy resources in the past few decades have indicated the threat of energy crisis due to depleting non-renewable energy sources and increasing population. Moreover, it has also deteriorated the quality of the environment. The use of alternative forms of energy reduces our dependency on fossil fuels and serve better to compliment national energy security. Among others, solar energy can be a good alternative and renewable energy source to fulfill the current energy needs,” said Kaushik Narasimha, a Scientist at the Applications Centre of ISRO.

While India receives one of the highest levels of solar energy in the world, it currently remains untapped and under-utilised. The Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), launched in 2010, has set a target of deploying 20,000 MW of grid-connected solar power by 2022 and aims to reduce the cost of solar power generation in the country.

One of the aims of the JNNSM is to reduce the cost of solar power generation, the Karnataka government is on the outlook for the same and to adopt the technology at the earliest.

“Such findings are always helpful for the government to understand the potential areas for development and to initiate necessary steps. In this area also further research and study will be conducted and then solar panels will be installed to tap the energy” said Sashikumar, Chairman, Karnataka Renewable Energy Development.

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