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Assessment of Rooftop PV Potential in Kolkata using Various Solar Cell Technologies


Madhuchandrika Chattopadhyay , AMET University, Chennai; Dr. Debaprayag Chaudhuri, AMET University, Chennai, India


Solar rooftop, PV technologies, Generation, Emission reduction


Kolkata is a metropolitan city covering an area of 185KM2 and is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. According to West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency (WBREDA) policy, there is a target to harness 16MW of solar rooftop and smaller solar installations in the state by 2017. Assuming theoretically available roof space for rooftop PV systems is 30 percent or 39000m2 of built up area in Kolkata city, 25% of the 16MW target set by the state’s nodal agency can be met by solar rooftop installations by using crystalline silicon or thin film technologies such as CIGS and CdTe. The transmission and distribution losses amounts to 13% in Kolkata can be reduced as power is consumed at the point of generation. Environmental impacts associated with coal-based power plant such as land use and habitat loss, water use, use of hazardous chemicals in power generation can be avoided with rooftop solar PV power plants.

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Paper ID: IJSRDV3I40664
Published in: Volume : 3, Issue : 4
Publication Date: 01/07/2015
Page(s): 1200-1203

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