Sunday, January 11, 2009

Pakistan Decides to Focus on Solar Power

As a habit, I usually read all major newspapers in South Asia and today's edition of "The News" has this very encouraging editorial about a new official policy in Pakistan in looking at solar power: http://thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=156598 With much the same weather conditions that India faces, Pakistan is as ideally suited to harnessing the power of the sun as India is and it is good to see the country take this step. From the newspapers I know that Pakistani cities have the same problem of load shedding that Indian cities have - it is obvious that they have chosen to take a more practical approach to managing their power problems than India has, as a matter of public policy. I must wish them the best and hope that in the spirit of positive competitiveness, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and other nations in the SAARC region follow this example.

I shall follow this development and blog about it.

2 comments:

Mohanakrishnan B said...

Mehul
With reference to your article I am attaching a link of Indian Railways use of renewable energy. http://www.solarindiaonline.com/detail-subtitle.php?id=1&title_id=49

It has already been implemented along with other energy saving ideas by Southern Railway in all major stations according to a report today in the Times of India, Chennai edition.

Perhaps you could share some ideas of what else the railways could do in your blog. I for one am mystified. I can only think of an engine with solar panels. Something that can run on solar or AC/Diesel. Do such engines exist in the developed countries?

Mehul Kamdar said...

Mohan,

This link says that the railways have "embarked upon" a plan to use solar lighting to whatever extent is possible. My response is about time. Now what about other branches of government? Please note that Tata BP Solar sell large numbers of solar powered street lights to several other countries and that their products are very well received. You would expect cities to use them and reduce the load on Electricity Board powerplants as well, wouldn't you? I can't see that happening despite these being made in India. Just check out their various products at: http://www.tatabpsolar.com/

And it is not strictly neccessary to use solar photovoltaics to convert sunlight into electricity and use it. Check out this superb product: http://www.solatube.com/ which pipes sunlight during the daytime into buildings. Use this in homes and offices and electricity use would be cut severalfold further.

I am happy with the positive information that you have provided. Sadly, there is a lot further that we have to go before we really get anywhere. However, I shall not minimise the importance of a major undertaking like the Indian Railways taking solar lighting up. Just imagine - if they replace the street lights in the various railway colonies and the ICF factory and colony . . .