Rethinking Solar Energy
On May 17, 2013
|Trivandrum: In the context of severe energy crisis faced by the state, there is an urgent need for an alternative source of energy which is both non-polluting and renewable. Solar energy could be an option though it has its own hitches.
Promoters of solar energy in the state are confident about the superiority of solar energy over conventional sources of energy. “Solar energy is the best alternative for conventional sources of energy. It is non-polluting and renewable,” said Ajith Gopi, Joint Technical Director of ANERT, an agency for non-conventional energy and rural technology. Solar powered products have the advantage of Government subsidies making it affordable for the common man to purchase one.
A major concern that has aroused in the case of solar power usage is the disposal of damaged and used solar panels. “Solar waste is a major problem. We don’t have any solution to dispose solar panel cells,” said Sudhir, chief architect at the Architects Consortium.
Meanwhile, solar power sympathisers are still confident in managing the scenario of disposing off the used panels. “Like many devices this (solar power) is an electronic device. It will need a method to dispose off when there is large scale usage. No major hindrance since its generation is environmental friendly,” added ANERT’s Gopi.