A brief tour of north western belt of India provides an accurate depiction of the diversity in India’s fuel energy mix. Between this trek and the ever-changing landscape lie the modern meccas in tangible form and a manifestation of our nation’s aims, goals, and aspirations when it comes to energy. Trace this route, and you have the satisfaction of completing the Char Dham yatra of India’s energy policy. Starting from the lush green fields and alleys of Himachal Pradesh we come across couple of geothermal plants which provide power to the snow-clad regions in winters duly complemented by small hydro power plants installed across those miniature streams which provide a picturesque landscape. Drive down a little and one knows the “temples of modern India” the mighty Bhakra Nangal dam’s turbines are spinning. Couple of hours later we land in the city where words uttered in whispers resonate louder than if spoken in an audible manner – the city of Delhi where the denizens of power bureaucracy reside. The depleted waste to energy plant at Ghazipur and its paradox the Faridabad thermal power plant on outskirts of New Delhi. Amidst all this hula boo one may even encounter the oil wells here and guzzling out oil and minute traces of natural gas.
Leave the high mountain plains and enter the desert from west
You will encounter the future aspirations of nation which Sprngers aim to satisfy to some extent, in form of Bhadla Solar Park – a steady sea of silver comprising millions of solar Photovoltaic and Thin Film panels bearing the brunt of hot Rajasthan sun! Go west and you would encounter the wind turbines buzzing all around and go further south towards Rawatbhata one would encounter the majestic nuclear domes gulping down tonnes of Uranium feeding the grid’s insatiable appetite. Amidst all this hula boo one may even encounter the oil wells here and guzzling out oil and minute traces of natural gas.
For many tourists and travellers, it may be nothing more than a touristy path or holiday destination. For us at Sprng, however, it is nothing short of remarkable. The rapid growth of our economy has accelerated the energy demand which has contributed to the country’s growing dependence on imports. Exploitation of non-conventional sources of energy has become a mandatory requirement because the conventional energy has lacunae in form of limited availability and serious pollution. To realize the country’s future development strategy one key parameter is scientific, practical and holistic energy planning so as to ensure that in this increasing competitive world it can secure the interests of its citizens by providing them energy independence and energy security in the years to come. Further, Government of India has itself set a task of installing a renewable energy capacity of 227 GW comprising of at least 100 GW solar, 60 GW Wind, 5 GW biomass and 10 GW hydro and a further Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC’s) of meeting 40% of installed capacity by 2030 from renewables. Non-conventional sources of energy have become the buzzword in the energy mix of India and have stirred the imagination of people from all walks of life.
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