As energy prices continue to rise, every unit of electricity saving matters. A solar cell or photovoltaic cell is a device that generates electricity directly from visible light. The innovation and efforts steadily brought incremental upgradation in crucial solar energy conversion into electricity and heat that is renewable and sustainable. The solar energy continues to play a predominant role in meeting energy needs.
Moreover, PV (photovoltaic) solar prices are dropping and panel manufacturers are offering good quality at a very competitive price. Hence, the solar photovoltaic panels get cheaper than before and more people are using them to harvest sunlight. People not only achieve reduction in their electricity bills but are also able to sell surplus units to Discoms. The electricity produced from solar and wind has almost reached the stage of grid parity. The price of fossil fuel-based electricity generation is increasing day by day and renewable power is becoming cheaper and more affordable. The cost of solar power is as much as 20–25% less than that of diesel generators.
Owing to depletion of fossil fuels and hike in energy price, more and more attention is given towards accessible and affordable solar and wind power. The additional bonus of using solar power is the phenomenal reduction in air and noise pollution as well as transmission losses. The solar energy decreases carbon dioxide emissions, the primary greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. This will help a great deal in combating the effects of climate change. India is gradually making a shift towards cleaner and renewable energy.
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