Scientists measuring air pollutants and PV performance in Delhi have found the lockdown conditions imposed in the Indian capital since late March have brought about a significant reduction in air pollution which has led to an 8% increase in solar irradiation reaching rooftop arrays.
Research conducted over several years by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) demonstrates that air pollution in cities can put a dampener on the performance of PV panels which, if not taken into account, can threaten a project’s viability.
The two organizations will collaborate on areas broadly including grid-connected solar rooftops, energy storage systems, electric vehicles, smart grid initiatives and energy efficiency measures.
The Indian renewables developer has finished phase one of the rooftop project at the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s Sultanpur facility at a tariff of $0.083/kWh.
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