Solar Radiation Resource Assessment Stations

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2.33 Government support 2.33.1 Solar Radiation Resource Assessment stations in India Solar Radiation Resource Assessment stations (51 nos) have been installed across India by the Ministry of New and Non-Conventional Energy (MNRE) to create a database of solar energy potential. Data is collected and reported to the Centre for Wind Energy Technology (C-WET), in order to create a Solar Atlas. In June 2015, India started a ₹40 Crore (US$5.9 million) project to measure solar radiation with a spatial resolution of 3 km x 3 km. This solar radiation measuring network will provide the basis for the functioning of the Indian Solar Radiation Atlas. According to officials at NIWE, the Solar Radiation Resource Assessment wing (SRRA) 121 ground stations would measure the three parameters of solar radiation: Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI), Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) and Diffuse Horizontal Irradiance (DHI) to give a highly accurate measure of solar radiation in a particular region. The government of India is promoting the use of solar energy through various strategies. In the latest budget for FY2010-11, the government has announced an allocation of ₹1,000 Crore (US$150 million) towards the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission and the establishment of a clean energy fund. This is an increase of ₹380 Crore (US$56 million) from the previous budget. This new budget has also encouraged private solar companies by reducing customs duty on solar panels by 5% and exempting excise duty

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