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PV Efficiency Grounds India Solar Ambitions

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"Today, when the energy sources and excesses of our industrial age have put our planet in peril, we must turn to the sun to power our future these words of  the Prime Minister Narendra Modi resonated among the 122 countries addressed at the International Solar Alliance (ISA) in Paris (TOI, 2015) in November, 2015. India thus committed itself to become the  sons of the Sun  notwithstanding a paradigm shift in the nation solar energy sector and its revised goals. However, back home, a cursory analysis of the ambitious solar programme of India reveals a hollow and disappointing picture. The trajectory of India solar mission, especially in rooftop solar is dismally low (Geography and You, 2017). But, even greater is the imminent threat of flooding the country with a huge environmental burden the volume of which we haven't even begun to comprehend, let alone compute. India is fast emerging as the largest market of low cost and poor quality solar photovoltaics (PV) modules - a compounding hazardous waste, especially threatening in the absence of adequate quality control. It is no wonder, therefore that a rush for cheap solar PV modules is converting India into a dumping ground of low efficiency solar products.   Solar power in India




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    India is fast emerging as the largest market for low cost and poor quality solar photovoltaics (PV) modules a compounding hazardous waste, especially threatening in the absence of adequate quality control.

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