Friday, June 21, 2013

Worlds Largest Solar Cooking Class - YouTube

Worlds Largest Solar Cooking Class - YouTube
On occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Swamy Vivekananadji, a record breaking Solar Cooking Class was arranged at JES College Ground, Jalna

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Rooftop Revolution Changing Everything with Cost-Effective Local Solar

Today solar energy provides less than 1% of our nation’s electricity. Yet already over 300,000 homes boast a solar array. With
the cost of solar power plunging and retail electric prices rising,
in the next ten years 100 million Americans may be able to “go
solar” for a lower price than grid electricity. We need to plan for
this transition now, eliminating barriers to the rapid growth of
solar energy and changing the inflexible and inefficient tax subsidy for solar into a more flexible, transitional feed-in tariff. We
need to stop investing in centralized power and long distance
high voltage transmission lines and instead invest in new electricity infrastructure more compatible with decentralized power.


Energy subsidies have wide-ranging economic consequences. While aimed at
protecting consumers, subsidies aggravate fiscal imbalances, crowd-out priority public
spending, and depress private investment, including in the energy sector. Subsidies also
distort resource allocation by encouraging excessive energy consumption, artificially
promoting capital-intensive industries, reducing incentives for investment in renewable
energy, and accelerating the depletion of natural resources. Most subsidy benefits are
captured by higher-income households, reinforcing inequality. Even future generations
are affected through the damaging effects of increased energy consumption on global
warming. This paper provides: (i) the most comprehensive estimates of energy subsidies
currently available for 176 countries; and (ii) an analysis of ―how to do‖ energy subsidy
reform, drawing on insights from 22 country case studies undertaken by IMF staff and
analyses carried out by other institutions.