India’s state-run energy company, Power Grid, has decided to install solar panels that are more efficient than existing installations and will save power by eliminating the need to power up the homes of those who do not have access to electricity.
Power Grid will install the solar panels on the roofs of malls, hotels, shopping centres and other buildings to generate power when it is needed.
“The solar panels will generate electricity at night and when there is no residential electricity available,” Power Grid said in a statement on Thursday.
The decision comes after the country was hit by a power crisis in 2014, with over 1.3 million people affected and around 100,000 homes without electricity.
In January, a power shortage caused more than 100 million Indians to lose power.
Power grid has so far been using solar panels, but there is some debate over whether it should be more efficient, and if it should use solar panels.
According to Power Grid’s official website, a “no-exception” solar panel “can generate as much as 12 kilowatts of power when fully installed”.
In the United States, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) says solar panels can generate between 20 and 25 megawatts.
In India, there are also plans to install a solar farm in the city of Kolkata, and a project in Chennai is in the planning stage.