On Clean Energy, India Has Wind At Its Back, Sun Ahead

On Clean Energy, India Has Wind At Its Back, Sun Ahead

To combat climate change, the world is taking recourse to production of green and renewable energy like solar and wind, along with other forms of clean energies like hydro, biomass, natural gas and nuclear. Of these, achieving solar and wind energy targets in particular is very important for India. Let us evaluate the present state of installation/generation of our solar and wind energy targets planned to be achieved by 2022, which comprise of 100GW of solar and 60GW of wind power. This target of 160GW is, perhaps, likely to be raised to 275GW by 2027 when solar and wind energy production may overtake coal-based thermal power. This would be a landmark step towards creating a ‘new India’, if and when it happens.

At present, our total installed solar energy capacity is 14.28GW (12.28GW of ground mounted and 2GW of roof-top power), while our target for these two is 60GW and 40GW, respectively, by 2022. This may be difficult for two reasons. One, roof-top solar power generation is just 2GW, and this has to be raised to a huge 40GW. The roof-top clientele is small as of now, because there is no sound legal framework for roof-top power contracts.  Read More…

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