CHENNAI: Solar energy, especially solar thermal, is the ultimate option to meet the growing energy needs, according to Mohan Verghese Chunkath, Chairman and Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA).

Wind energy continues to be the dominant source of renewable power in India. About 8000 MW of wind power capacity has been installed in the country so far. As against this, the share of solar power is abysmally low mainly due to its high initial capital cost and thus, a higher cost of per unit power generation.

Madhya Pradesh government today decided to extend facilities under the Industrial Promotion Policy to 19 units worth Rs 9,397 crore. The decision was taken at an Investment Promotion Empowered Committee meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here.

Finance Minister Raghavji, his Industry counterpart Jayant Malaiya and Chief Secretary Rakesh Sahni were among those present, official sources said.

By N N Sachitanand

Despite its limitations, the global growth rate of solar photo voltaic installations has spurted.

Those who dislike nuclear energy because of its safety problems strongly tout solar energy as a clean and renewable alternate for India. India experiences clear sunny weather for over 250 days a year, with the average daily solar energy incident over the country being as high as 5.8 kilowatt-hours per square metre, With a land area of roughly 3 million sq km, this translates to a total energy incidence of 6000 trillion units/year (1 unit = 1 kilowatt hour).

Hyderabad, July 20: The state is vying for a mega solar energy plant proposed by the Clinton Foundation in the United States. The plant, which will come up in 25,000 acres with an investment of $20 billion, is expected to generate 5,000 MW of power using various ways of tapping solar energy. Official sources told this newspaper that a delegation of the foundation led by international head Ira Magaziner was recently shown suitable area in the perennially drought hit Anantapur district.

Raktima Bose 3 more solar power plants for West Bengal Solar energy-run housing complex set up at New Town in Kolkata Aim is to achieve zero-carbon emission KOLKATA: West Bengal is pitching in in a big way to find alternative sources of power in the face of rising fuel cost and growing global warming. It is slated to get three more solar power plants in Purulia and Bankura districts, after the one at Asansol in Burdwan district, first of its kind in Southeast Asia, S.P. Gon Chaudhuri, Director, West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Authority (WBREDA), on Wednesday.

Hyderabad, July 13: With increasing power shortage, state government at last has started looking at non-conventional energy sources like solar and wind power to ease the burden on traditional power generation. From existing 2 MW capacity of wind mills, state government has finalised plans for 1000 MW in coming five years period.

BANKURA : Though the government initiatives didn't fetch any effective results, Bankura may have a solar power plant within the next two fiscals. This has been proposed by a multinational non-conventional power major. Besides, electronic giant Videocon too has proposed for solar power plants in Bankura and Purulia. The district administration is looking for land availability for the upcoming power projects.

GREEN EARTH Sinivasa Raghotham Around the world, governments and power utilities, struggling against skyhigh oil prices and global warming, are turning to solar power as the next big source. Here are some of the largest projects under implementation or planned.

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