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Is India Close to Being a Global Energy Leader?

Positive Future #41 (Feature photo –– CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Most of us have never heard of Pavagada, India. It is a modest town of some 28,000 people. On the outskirts of this town the world’s largest solar facility recently opened. At a cost of $2.3 billion dollars, the 2,000 mega-watt facility is the equivalent of two larger nuclear facilities. Under ideal conditions, this facility could theoretically power 1.5 million homes. Not to be outdone, India announced this past week that it is authorizing three new solar projects that will produce 1.2 gigawatts of power. So where is all of this solar interest in India going? India plans to develop…

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Trains – Will They Have a New Renaissance?

Positive Future #33 (Feature photo – Wide bodied rail car of Indian Railways with luxury seats and air conditioning. – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) If one follows the sub-popular news, there can be hints of big events on the horizon. Indian Railways, the India State railroad conglomerate, carries over 8 billion passengers a year. Of their over 11,000 locomotives, over 5,200 are electric. With over 1.3 million employees, the Indian Railways is the 8th largest employer in the world. India just announced it was closing two large coal plants and is in the process of building new solar installations. Indian Railways, is seeking to further electrify its systems, but with…

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Will Solar Farms Power the Farms of the Future?

Touch the Soil News #645 (Feature Photo – NASA Earth Observatory) Forty years ago (1977) the cost of solar was $76.67 per watt. Today, its less than 50 cents per watt – 153 times cheaper. Recently, while flying over Eastern China, a NASA satellite took the picture above. What you are looking at is the world’s largest solar farm consisting of approximately 4 million solar panels and covering an area of 10 square miles (6,400 acres). This solar farm has the capacity to generate 850 megawatts – just shy of the standard 1,000 megawatt nuclear power plant. This solar farm can power about 140,000 homes. China is the world’s leader…

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