India plays an important role in Al Gore’s new movie, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. The film looks at India to highlight the challenges developing nations face as they seek to move away from conventional, polluting coal energy toward clean but less established sources of renewable energy. Much of the movie was filmed in 2015, when India was portrayed in the Western media as being a holdout in the Paris climate negotiations.
Spoiler alert: India, the world’s 4th largest carbon emitter (after China, the US and the EU), does indeed sign on to the Paris treaty. And what’s more, India is on track today to meet and even exceed the ambitious climate goals set at Paris. In the scant two years since the film wrapped, India has made tremendous progress, shifting away from coal and toward renewables, fuelled by aggressive goal-setting and supportive government policies. What’s crucial now is developing the financial infrastructure to fund small-scale projects and newer technologies to ensure that clean, renewable power reaches India’s rural areas.
The overall growth of renewable energy in India has been remarkable. India has added 9 gigawatts (GW) of solar power in just the past two years—the equivalent of 4.5 Hoover Dams—for a total of 12GW of total solar power capacity. Solar capacity has increased 370% in the past three years. According to an analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), another 37GW will be added by 2020. India commissioned 3.6GW of wind power in 2016 and doubled that in the first quarter of 2017 alone. Read More…
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