India's huge solar water pump plan highlights how solar could leapfrog the grid | GigaOM Clean Tech | Technology |
The Indian government is looking to deliver one of the most ambitious projects involving solar-powered water pumps in the world. According to Bloomberg, the Indian government is looking to exchange 26 million ground water pumps, which now mostly run on grid electricity or diesel, with more efficient and solar-powered water pumps.The country will spend $1.6 billion over five years on getting just the first 200,000 deployed, according to the article. Farmers will get the subsidies, and in exchange will also get water-saving systems so that try to help them not use more water than they did with the grid and diesel-connected pumps. Take these project numbers with a grain of salt, as the Indian government has a long history of make these types of goals more aspirational than concrete and viable.India’s power grid infrastructure has long been neglected, and as the population grows — and the middle class grows as well — the lack of a stable central grid system will become an increasing problem. In the Summer of 2012 the country suffered one of the most massive blackouts in the world.But India’s solar-powered water pump project also shows the vast potential for how the country could use distributed solar panels as a way to leapfrog a centralized and expensive power grid system. A similar thing happened with cell phones in India, where they’ve become the dominant form of communication because they’re a much more convenient and less expensive type of technology to deploy than telephone landlines or non-wireless broadband. Distributed, wireless systems just tend to be more low cost and efficient than a network of physical pipes.Click headline to read more--
Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc