2.95 billion tons of solar waste would burden India as of 2047. Is the government ready to manage this large solar waste production?

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The Indian government has been really proud of the country’s transformation over the recent years from conventional sources of energy to alternative modes of power such as wind energy and solar energy. At this juncture, a study has shocked experts with a peculiar stat that the country’s solar waste produce by 2047 will be 2.95 billion tons. Can the country manage this waste mounting problem?

Solar energy production

Indian solar energy production has been on a hike over the last decade and a decent amount of energy is generated for it as well. And at this crucial moment, a study from IIT Delhi has pointed out if this same rate of solar plant installation persists, the country might need a solution to face humongous amounts of waste at the earliest.

Sustainable production and consumption

In a journal published by the professors from IIT on the title  ‘Sustainable Production and Consumption’, it was explained that assuming that 347.5 GW of total installed solar generation capacity would be reached by 2030, India should be generating 2.95 billion tons of photovoltaic (PV) solar waste.

2.95 billion tons of solar waste

The study, explains that the 2.95 billion tons of waste would include valuable metals worth around $645 trillion (Rs 46,936 lakh crore), of which around 70% – $452 trillion worth – could be recycled. The IIT-Delhi study pointed out that the volume of solar waste and its potential value is so much higher than what is offered by any other electrical and electronic equipment at the end of its life for the same period.

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While 70% waste will be recyclable, environmentalists are concerned about what happens with the remaining 30%. While on one hand it is a loss of earth’s natural wealth, on the other hand the dumped material will pose environmental challenges like soil, water and air (if burnt) pollution.

What do you feel about the current situation over waste production in the country? Will there be better solutions for the matter?

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