When our mother earth is threatened by Global warming and rising level of pollution, environmentalists are on the lookout for some solution that can combat this situation. And that’s when solar energy comes to our rescue. The solar power boom in the whole world has not only brought environmental gains but also economical and personal gains for the people.
Like other parts of the world, India too has started harnessing solar energy. As it receives almost 300 days in a year, it has the potential to produce enough solar power. In fact the states like Gujarat, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Punjab, and Maharashtra have the ability to produce the enough solar power all because of their location.
India’s first step to promote solar power was in the year 2006 with the introduction of The Rural Electrification Progam. Solar lanterns, solar pumps, home lighting systems solar home systems and street lighting were introduced at a very grassroot level. This renewable energy gained importance when the then Prime Minister Mr. Manmohan Singh launched Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission in 2010. This program aims to create 20,000 MW of grid connected solar power by the year 2022. Today our country is in the number one rank in terms of solar power production. Rajasthan, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh are some of the top states that are manufacturing solar energy in the country.
What led to the introduction of solar power in the country was the scarcity of energy in the country and of course because of the villages where still electricity was an unknown thing. It is the government’s initiative that led to the production of this renewable energy thereby making people’s life more comfortable and also brought positive impact on the environment. Today many villages are totally powered by solar panels, and even solar plants are also coming up to change energy scene of the country.
Over the years, it has been foreseen by experts that India would emerge as a leading producer of solar power all across the world. As they say ‘a small initiative can make a lot of difference’ and that has been proven by our nation.