Is solar power cheaper than coal?

In the last few years, the cost of gridconnected solar photovoltaic (PV) power has come down drastically. There is strong evidence from international studies that the levelized cost of solar power is on par with coal-fired power plants when the cost of externalities (greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution and ash disposal) is taken into account. A one-day workshop was held recently to explore how far these cost trends of solar and coal-fired power plants are valid in the Indian context. The workshop was targeted at various players in the power sector, such as decision-makers, bureaucrats, think-tanks, power generation and distribution companies, academic institutes and grass-root organizations.

Current Science carried a report on the workshop organized by Divecha Centre for Climate Change, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru and National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bengaluru on ‘Is power generation by solar cheaper than from coal?’ on 8 August 2015 at NIAS.

Read a brief report of the workshop on the Current Science website

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