Smart grid prospects in India?
- 18 July 2008
By Molly Webb, Head of Smart Technologies, The Climate Group.
Rabirashmi Abasan in Kolkata became the first housing project in India where residents have the option of giving back power - generated in their rooftop solar photovoltaic panels - to the grid of the power utilities. From now on, their electricity bills will reflect the difference between the energy consumed from utilities and how much they push back to the grid. Similar grid-connected systems are popular in Germany, Spain, Japan and the US.
For individuals interested in setting up solar photovoltaic panels - that convert solar energy directly into electricity - or solar thermal systems - that convert thermal energy of the sun into a usable form - there are government subsidies available.