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India Unveils the World’s Largest Solar Power Plant

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – Images have finally been released showing the sheer size of the new solar power plant in southern India, the facility in Kamuthi, Tamil Nadu, has a capacity of 648 MW and covers an area of nearly 2,500 acres.

That makes it the world’s largest solar power plant at a single location, taking the title from the Topaz Solar Farm in California, which has a capacity of 550 MW. They must have some fantastic Solar Battery Average Lifespan in their batteries.

Built in just eight months, the plant is cleaned each day by a robotic system, which is charged by its own solar panels. At full capacity, the plant is expected to produce enough electricity to power 150,000 homes. It was built from 2.5 million individual solar modules, and cost $679 million to construct. In order to check the panels are working properly, a solar monitoring system is being used by the solar farm owners. If the solar panels are not working as they should be, the $679 million investment would be pointless, so it’s important that the owners are regularly checking the solar panels data.

With its installation, India has nudged itself further ahead in total solar capacity across the nation above the 10 GW mark, according to a statement by research firm Bridge to India, joining only a handful of countries that can make this claim. It is a very exciting development; most countries have a large number of successful residential solar power companies like ProjectSolarUK which supply a multitude of homes, and some have managed to infiltrate the commercial and public sector which has given the industry and environmental health a huge boost, but only a handful have built solar farms of this scale.

As solar power becomes more and more common, India are expected to become the world’s third-largest solar market beginning in 2017. They will be third to China and the United States. Despite the rapidly increasing solar market, India will need to further bolster its solar presence to achieve the ambitious targets set by the government.

By the year 2022, India hopes to have at least 60 million homes powered by solar plants, It is part of the government’s goal to produce 40 percent of its power from non-fossil fuels by 2030.

Those that live in Australia looking to adopt solar power in their home may be interested in a Solar Power Inverter and the services provided by Solar Man Australia.

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US sends aid, and bans travel from India

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — The Covid-19 crisis continues to spiral out of control in India. And now the U.S. is instituting a travel ban.  It goes into effect on May 4 but won’t apply to U.S. citizens or permanent residents and their spouses. Meanwhile foreign aid is flowing into India from places like Israel, America, and Germany.

Sikh’s in Indianapolis held a memorial service to remember the victims of the Fed Ex facility shooting last month. Four of the people who died were from the Sikh community.  Police have not identified a motive for the shooting, yet. It’s unclear if the shooter, a former employee at the facility, was targeting Sikhs. There are a high number of Sikhs, immigrants and refugees who work in the facility.

And mega stars from the Indian diaspora raised more than 3 million dollars for Covid-19 relief in India.  Jay Shetty, Lilly Singh, Deepak Chopra, and Jay Sean. The virtual event was called help India Breathe and aired on Diya TV. The funds are going to three major areas of relief on the ground including food, direct cash transfers to families, and makeshift hospitals.

You can watch the fundraiser and still continue to donate:

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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American Coronavirus aid arrives in India

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — American aid is finally starting to arrive in Covid-19 battered India as vaccination sites run out of shots and thousands of people gasp for air. A U.S. military transport plane delivered more than 400 oxygen cylinders, nearly one million rapid coronavirus test kits, and other supplies. The country has been reporting an average of more than 350,000 new cases of Covid infections every day for the past week.

After seven hours of public comment and testimony from hundreds of people on whether caste should be added to the county’s non-discrimination policy, the Santa Clara Human Rights Commission deferred their vote pending futher testimony and likely another public hearing. Equality Labs and the Hindu American Foundation each made presentations for and against this potential new category at the hearing, that was broadcast exclusively on Diya TV.
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Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made history during President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress just by taking their seats — marking the first time two women would be sitting behind the President.  Biden’s Indian American chief speech writer Vinay Reddy wrote the president’s address, adding to the historic evening.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Death toll rises as Covid supplies head to India

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — No end in sight to India’s deepening Covid-19 crisis as the number of new virus cases in the country shatter records. India added nearly 400 thousand new cases on Thursday, breaking the record set a day earlier, boosting the country’s death toll to more than 200 thousand. US officials have urged Americans to leave the country because of the deteriorating conditions.

Several members of the Dalit community and their supporters are addressing the Santa Clara Human Rights Commission to discuss their experiences with caste discrimination. They want the commission to recommend that the Board of Supervisors make caste a legally protected category against discrimination like race, age, gender and sexual orientation. Equality Labs is pushing this agenda but critics say it is anti-Indian and anti-Hindu.

And the Senate overwhelmingly passed an Asian Hate crimes bill and created a new position at the Justice Department to fast track reviews of potential Covid-19 related hate crimes. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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