According to reports, the Centre for Wind Energy Technology is set to expand the network of solar radiation monitoring stations across the country, according to its Executive Director S. Gomathinayagam.
Addressing a curtain raiser press conference on Renergy 2013, a three-day international seminar and exhibition on renewable energy to be held in Chennai between May 9 and 11, he said there were over 50 stations now and over the next one year 60 more will be added.
These stations equipped with World Meteorological Organisation traceable equipment to ensure accuracy will give detailed data on the solar power generation radiation and electricity potential across the country.
Such data is key to assessing costs, electricity generation and availability. Electricity regulators are also demanding generation forecasts. The cost of solar power projects has dropped which, in turn, has resulted in lower electricity cost with one unit of electricity now being quoted at about Rs 6-8 against Rs 19 previously, he pointed out.
Narsimhan Santhanam, Marketing Coordinator for the event, said the seminar would address issues relating to the entire gamut of renewable energy. Solar power will be one area of focus. Over 250 companies, 2,000 delegates and 200 experts and authorities including those from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, State Nodal Agencies and regulatory authorities will be participating in the seminar and exhibition.
Six workshops will deal with key issues including Solar Purchase Obligation, rooftop generation, grid connected generation, Tamil Nadu’s solar powered green houses and solar power monitoring will be conducted with the Ministry leading some of these events. The exhibition will showcase the entire range of products and development in renewable energy, he said.