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India: Mandatory Use of Solar Water Heaters Not Welcome

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 31, 2012

Karnataka’s solar law from 2007 has been facing opposition lately. The decree requires developers to integrate solar water heaters in houses of 600 ft2 and above (56 m²) which are newly built on plots of at least 1,200 ft2. Satyanarayana Udupa, General Secretary of the farmer’s association “Bharatiya Kisan Sangha”, says that their association has asked the state government to make an exception in case of the coastal district. Purchasing a solar water heater was a costly affair considering the moderate to low income levels of rural compared to urban areas. The association also complained that solar hot water was only available for 6 to 7 months. Udupa says that in the coastal region, people do not use hot water during three months of the summer, and there is no sunshine during monsoons, making solar water heaters useless during that period as well. The photo shows an installation on the top of a block of flats in Bengaluru, Karnataka state.
Photo: Malaviya Solar Energy Consultancy

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