Forest Fires Burning Through India’s Solar Power Production

Environmental News from India: While wildfires are a bane for the people living in the vicinity of forests, they are also responsible for limiting renewable power production. A new study has revealed how forest fires significantly reduce solar power production in India and affect the entire grid network.

Researchers from Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES) in Nainital and the National Observatory of Athens (NOA), Greece, traced the factors that reduce solar energy production. Several other factors like clouds, aerosols, and pollution also limit the solar irradiance, causing performance issues in the photovoltaic and concentrated solar power plant installations.

Forests play a crucial role in limiting the power capacity of renewable mediums. The study has been published in the journal Remote Sensing.

“The findings of the present study will drastically increase the awareness among the decision-makers in India about the indirect effects of forest fires on renewable energy production and help promote the reduction in carbon emissions and greenhouse gases in the air, along with the increase in mitigation processes and policies,” the paper said.

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Source: India Today

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