Another Letter of mine in Business Today

Another Letter of mine in Business Today

The last issue of BT dated 10th May 2015, with PM Modi on the cover had an interesting cover story on Solar Energy. This is what I had written to the Editor in response:

Harnessing Solar Power

Dear Sir,

This refers to your EXCELLENT Solar Power cover story titled:”The 100 GW Headache” (BT dated 10th May 2015).

It has been well documented that traditional sources of energy that light up our homes today are coupled with alarming levels of pollution, global warming and ever increasing costs. This is the reason why scientists across the globe had to scout for renewable energy sources that are non-polluting and more economical.

Why Solar Energy has so many takers is due to the fact that the sun in all it’s splendor, radiates abundant energy from the sky above. Applications of solar energy are many–solar water heaters, solar swimming pool heaters, cookers, room heaters, streetlights – the list goes on and on. Basically, energy radiated by the sun is free is harnessed for charging batteries that are used up when it is not sunny. The demand for clean renewable energy has further prompted research of sources like bio-mass, wind, sun and water.

The average reader of BT must be aware that Solar Cell is commonly known as a Photovoltaic Cell which is nothing but a semi-conductor device consisting of a large-area p-n junction diode, which can generate electrical energy in the presence of sunlight. This conversion of solar to electrical energy is termed as Photovoltaic Effect. The field of research related to solar cells is known as Photovoltaics.

As is well known, solar cells have many diverse applications from hand held computers to earth orbiting satellites and remote radio telephones. Ordinary households can save a great deal if they go solar for all their electrical needs. Hence the PM’s strategy needs to be appreciated in view of the benefits of solar energy. That it would take seven years to reach the target, is understandable, seeing to the size of our country.

Incidentally, solar heating system on one’s property increases its over all worth, because one’s home becomes its own power producer. Affordable, reliable, hassle-free with less maintenance requirement cleaner air, clean environment, photovoltaic modules are designed to stand rough weather including winds, heat, humidity and freezing temperatures and lower electricity bills. So the scope for harnessing Solar Power in India is immense.

SO LET’S ALL GO SOLAR!! SAY “YES” TO SURYA NAMASKAR !! SAY “NO” TO ANDHKAAR (Darkness) !!

J S BROCA, NEW DELHI, 27th April 2015

The latest issue of BT dated 24th May 2015 with the cover story on E COMMERCE has published a highly edited and a much shorter version  of my letter as under:    

MY LETTER IN BUSINESS TODAY ISSUE DATED 24TH MAY

Harnessing Solar Power

This refers to your excellent cover story The 100 GW Headache (May 10). The prime minister’s strategy needs to be appreciated in view of the benefits of solar energy. That it would take seven years to reach the target is understandable, considering the size of our country. The scope for harnessing solar power in India is immense. Solar cells have many diverse applications, from handheld computers to earth-orbiting satellites and remote radio telephones. Ordinary households can save a great deal if they go solar for all their electrical needs. –J.S. Broca, New Delhi

 

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