Making it happen: Balance between solar and thermal energy

Infrastructure Energy

 India’s strides in recent years to achieve its renewable goals should be accompanied by fair questions about costs and other disproportionate impacts, Anil Swarup writes, and explains why it is imprudent to instal renewable plants at the cost of thermal energy.

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Focus on the green energy sector is extremely laudable and India appears to be on its way to achieving its target of 100 GW of solar energy by 2022. Other latest developments in the sector have also been very encouraging. Tariffs of solar energy have plummeted to Rs 1.99 per unit from the high of Rs 14 per unit a few years ago. The overall energy sector is under stress but the demand for solar energy seems to be on the rise. However, to say that renewable e