Thought it would be cool if my first blog post was about a better tomorrow for India.
So here it starts with my views on India’s way forward to power up. Yep, as we are still democratically or rather involuntarily held back in the ages of nuclear, coal and other conventional energy sources, is it not high time for us to have a look at some other cleaner, safer and cheaper alternatives; alternatives that do not offer us expensive and grave threats to lives and nature along with what we actually need, energy.
Solar Fields, Roof Top Solar Panels and Offshore Wind Farms are some of the major options that are preferable than conventional energy sources like Coal, Uranium, Petroleum and Natural Gas. In our quest to generate power, why shouldn’t we give a serious look at using these sources to serve our country’s energy needs?
Just recently, the Government decided to go ahead with setting up of many newer atomic power plants in India in the coming years. A single plant will cost nearly few tens of thousands of INR to the exchequer along with the risks attached to it. Both the environment and lives near and far from the plant will be disturbed by its construction.
With abundant natural resources, in a country like India, where there is almost through the year availability of solar energy, the hot solar energy is surely a cool way of power generation and where the mighty winds of the deep oceans and large plains blow strong enough, these cool winds are no doubt a hot source of energy.
If decision makers opt for green energy generation and with equal or greater investments than an atomic or thermal power plant has so far seen, we have a safer, cleaner, cost-efficient and reliable source of energy generation for our nation.
While other developed nations have moved towards solar parks and fields, we still have not seen better than roof top solar panels. While they have benefited from offshore wind farms, we are still stuck with land based wind mills.
It is indeed a mystery why, even after a debatable and controversial track record of conventional energy sources excluding water, the environmental hazards that they cause and the exorbitant installation and maintenance costs associated with them, more and more investments continues to flow towards them.
Not to mention the security and proliferation issues that a conventional energy source like a nuclear plant carries, renewable energy sources are the best choice for energy production for a populous country like ours.
What we have seen so far as financial allocation for green energy in India is highly disproportionate and negligible considering the fact that a single nuclear plant, whose construction began around twenty years ago costs upwards of 50,000 Crore INR for construction alone and if it is started anytime hereafter will cost at least more than a few lakh crore INR as per recent studies done by independent researchers. In sharp contrast, it is distressing to hear of allocations of a few thousand crores INR for renewable sources like solar energy.
It is a matter of fact that a nuclear plant with all its unwelcome attachments, can start production only more than a decade after the construction is started. By the time production starts, cost of nuclear power generated increases whereas, the cost of solar energy as per independent research predictions, will trickle down rapidly in future.
Taking into account the cons of conventional sources and the plenty of pros of the non-conventional sources of energy, it requires just elementary decision making to lean swiftly towards green energy.
It would serve the nation’s interest well in future, if there is a tectonic shift in the Indian Government’s energy policy towards renewable energy generation.
The global climate change crisis highlights the fact that the need of the hour is a fresh and more prudent look at energy generation from the decision makers and an exponential and sustained increase in the financial allocation for green energy.
Such a tectonic shift in the energy policy alone will leave our posterity with a healthy, safe and clean future.
May good sense prevail and our energy policy be scripted in the wise paths without any further delay or misdirection.
Likewise, you can have a glimpse of my independent views and intricate skews on different issues in this blog space. I am open to your comments and opinions.