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In our quest to achieve renewable energy targets, we need a pragmatic approach towards solar. For India, scaling rooftop solar is a better way forward than large solar parks. Critically Analyse.

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6. In our quest to achieve renewable energy targets, we need a pragmatic approach towards solar. For India, scaling rooftop solar is a better way forward than large solar parks. Critically Analyse. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

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Why the question:

As India is inching closer to 2022, it increasingly becomes clear that achieving an installed capacity of 40-gigawatts from the rooftop solar sector by 2022 is nearly impossible.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the potential of rooftop solar over large solar parks in India.

Directive word:

Critically analyse – When asked to analyse, you must examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a balanced judgment on the topic. 

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving the context of India’s solar push towards achieving its renewable target commitments made in 2015.

Body:

Firstly, write about the various approach India has taken towards renewable source of energy.

Next, mention the solar parks that been created across the country. Cite examples of few. Mention their advantages and disadvantages.

Next, write about rooftop solar. Though small projects but have a lot of potential if scaled up. Mention their pros and cons.

Conclusion:

Mention that India’s must consider solar projects by a through analysis and long-term impacts.