In a recent research report that was published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Nature Geoscience, a product of the Nature Publishing Group, major changes to current wind patterns in the Northern Hemisphere. In addition, the report also pointed out that there would be significant regional variations that could alter the current path that the renewable energy industry in India was taking. Hyderabad-based Greenko Group, a renewable energy firm, added to these concerns saying that it has noticed changes in wind patterns that have proven to be a “bad season” for their business, now running two seasons back-to-back, an unprecedented event.
Solar power too is set for disruption despite its relatively slow uptake in India. Anmol Singh Jaggi, Director of Gensol Group, a solar advisory firm, made it clear that there were obstacles yet to be cleared by the solar industry in India, saying, “Variability in solar radiation is being observed not just on seasonal basis but also on a year-on-year basis for the same locations. This is a challenge for independent power producers as the revenue model is solely dependant on the radiation levels received.” Such variability would be detrimental to an industry currently still promoting the benefits of renewable energy over fossil-fuel sources when the alternative provides an unreliable solution for any problems caused by the use of energy that is currently generated by fossil fuels.
Perhaps in a twist of ironic fate, the very answers to questions about how to better deal with the ills of fossil-fuel derived energy is now the cause of conditions that will render the alternatives, as environmentally-friendly as they may be, useless to solve the problems that the country, and the rest of the world has had to endure.