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Seminar on Social Entrepreneurship to be held on sidelines of PBD 2012
Discussion on future prospects of social entrepreneurs to develop sustainable water management mechanisms and solar power houses would be held in the seminal being organised on sidelines of PBD 2012
Â RAMESH KUMAR SHARMA
The Rajasthan government and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII ) – the organisers of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas event to be held on 7-9 January 2012 at Birla Auditorium, Jaipur – have prepared concept notes on Water and Solar Power with focus on Rajasthan. The discussions on future prospects of social entrepreneurs to develop sustainable water management mechanisms and solar power houses, starting from 9:30 AM on 7th January, 2012 would be based on the following concept notes.
The concept note on Water states â€“
India is the largest groundwater user in the world, with an estimated usage of around 230 cubic kilometers per year, more than a quarter of the global total. With more than 60 percent of irrigated agriculture and 85 percent of drinking water supplies dependent on it, groundwater is a vital resource for India. Thus with 16% of worldâ€™s population and only 4% of worldâ€™s fresh water resources, availability of water for all is a concern that is fast griping the nation.
The concept note on Solar Power states â€“
India is located in the equatorial belt of the earth, thereby receiving abundant radiant energy from the sun. In most parts of India, clear sunny day is experienced 250 to 300 days a year. The annual global radiation varies from 1600 to 2200 KWh/sq.m. which is comparable with radiation received in the tropical and sub-tropical regions. The equivalent energy potential is about 6,000 million GWh of energy per year.
The Government of Rajasthan supports development of both solar thermal and solar photovoltaics (SPV) power generation. The state government is encouraging private sector projects through fiscal and promotional incentives for the renewable energy sector. Parallel efforts are underway in the area of solar PV in which pilot-scale grid-connected solar PV power systems (25 KW to 100 KW) are under trial operations in addition to stand-alone projects in remote unelectrified areas.
In Rajasthan, the state government plans to establish a Solar Energy Enterprises Zone (SEEZ) in the districts of Barmer, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur by offering a package of incentives to private investors willing to develop various solar power technologies including solar thermal, solar photovoltaics (SPV), solar chimney etc.
An international solicitation recently issued by Rajasthan has yielded two 50 MW solar PV power stations as well as one solar chimney project (200 MW) to be operated on an Independent Power Production (IPP) basis.