Solar Sector Needs to Ensure Efficient Use of Water: BTI

The solar sector needs to act proactively to ensure efficient use of water for cleaning of solar panels and justify the ‘environmentally-friendly’ tag.

Solar Sector Water

The solar sector needs to act proactively to ensure efficient use of water for cleaning of solar panels and justify the ‘environmentally-friendly’ tag, consulting and research services provider Bridge To India has said. 

The statement has come against the background of an advisory issued by the New and Renewable Energy Ministry (MNRE) on optimal utilisation of water by the sector for cleaning of solar panels. 

“This is a belated acknowledgment of the increasing water risks faced by the solar sector…,” Bridge To India said in a statement, and added that rightly, MNRE has refrained from mandating the use of any specific technology. 

The firm further said that it is common industry belief that solar modules require two cleaning cycles per month to reduce soiling losses to a level of 1 percent. However, actual water consumption varies widely depending on water availability, cost of water, location of the power plant and level of environmental consciousness, amongst other factors. 

“Around 56 percent of installed solar capacity in India is located in arid and high water-stress zones, exposing them to a high level of water risk,” it said. 

For projects located in areas with good availability of water, wasteful use of water is a common problem. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that around 60 percent of solar installations use groundwater, sometimes illegally, Bridge To India added. 

An increasing number of cities in India are facing water crises, wasteful use and/ or illegal use of water is a growing concern in the sector, it said. “The solar industry should act proactively to ensure efficient use of water and justify the ‘environmentally friendly’ tag,” it said. 

BTI added that there are proven and affordable technologies providing water-efficient solutions including anti-soiling coatings robotic cleaning and hydrophobic and nanotechnology-based self-cleaning, amongst others.

"Want to be featured here or have news to share? Write to info[at]saurenergy.com
Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

      SUBSCRIBE NEWS LETTER
Scroll