The Ladakh region of India is known as the roof of the world. It has immense potential to generate solar power with its large patches of barren land surrounded by mountains. The Ladakh Renewable Energy Development Agency in Leh district, located at the altitude of 11,562 feet, is currently working on various renewable energy solutions – including solar. Despite the challenges of the mountainous terrain, it sees an opportunity to earn revenue by exporting electricity to North India while its residents hope to gain energy self-sufficiency. According to reports, China and India will be the biggest generators of the non-conventional source of energy with the highest power generating capacity by 2040.
Whereas India had proposed to build the world’s largest solar power project in Ladakh back in 2014, the project was later put on hold due to the enormous costs. The country continues focusing on smaller projects instead. Read more