India is Setting the Solar Renewable Energy Standard

With all the talk of going green these days it’s no wonder that India is now setting progressive standards in which to expand its solar capacity.  Last month, following Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit they announced the solar mega-project, aimed at expanding India’s solar capacity from the current 3 megawatts (MW) to a reported 20 gigawatts (GW) by 2020 and furthermore 200 GW by 2050. These bold numbers form the centerpiece of a National Climate Change Strategy and will cost an estimated $20 billion dollars to implement.

In the near future we are not only to expect more power generation from renewable resources on a global scale, but we are simultaneously creating awareness about our negative impact on the environment. This consequently allows the flourishing and advancement of new ideas and technologies like the electric car and solar film. I once read a quote from an anonymous author that summarized it best, “Will we look into the eyes of our children and confess that we had the opportunity, but lacked the courage? That we had the technology, but lacked the vision?”

Global Warming is no longer a political discourse it’s a proven fact. The only way to preserve this planet for future generations is to act now. Change starts from you and I and its what we do in our every day lives that make a difference. Leading a greener life style doesn’t just mean recycling or buying energy efficient light bulbs (although great things); it entails responsible decision-making when it comes to issues regarding the environment.  As a human being and citizen of this Earth, do your part, help save the world and the environment by making it a little greener. To make it easier, we’d like to offer a resource for weekly “Green Tips” to help you Go Green!

Green Tip #1: Turn off & Unplug appliances when not in use!

Turn off all lights and unplug non-essential appliances in order to “leak” less electricity (fans, humidifiers, A/C). Advanced Surge Protectors make it even easier to turn off multiple appliances with just the flip of a switch!

Green Tip #2: Check your toilets for leaks!

Put a little food coloring in your toilet tank. If, without flushing, the color begins to appear in the bowl within 30 minutes, you have a leak that should be repaired immediately. Most replacement parts are inexpensive and easy to install.

Green Tip #3: Put plastic bottles or a float booster in your toilet tank to help conserve water!

Save ten or more gallons a day just by putting some sand or pebbles inside each of two plastic bottles, filling them up with water, and leaving them in your toilet tank!

This article was submitted by Sohail Hassan, President & CEO of  Sohail also serves on the board of the Houston Renewable Energy Network.