Solar: The solution for India’s energy problems

Solar India MtSAfter last week’s extensive blackouts in India 600 million people were suddenly without electricity. Now, experts advise to invest in solar energy. Indian power supply is known to be unstable and unreliable. Up until today roughly 400 million inhabitants are not connected to the grid. The oil price increased by 40% this year and coal imports are becoming scarcer. Sunlight, however, is available in abundance. In India, the sun shines on 300 days of the year, irradiating with an average 4 to 7 kWh per m² per day: perfect conditions for switching to solar energy to reduce the burden on the grid and pre-empt further structural problems of energy provision.