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India’s ambitious solar energy target of 100 GW by 2022 is difficult

by | Apr 12, 2018 | Food, Home, News, Solar, Sustainability, Tech | 0 comments

More than anything that the 175 Giga Watt (GW) ambitious targets have accomplished, they have given immense confidence to the Indian renewable energy sector. It has proven that the current Indian government is dedicated to pushing renewable energy and has made it a prime focus. The renewable energy sector has made strides in achievement.

However, it is really hard to imagine that the sector can achieve its 100 GW target of solar energy out of the 175 GW by 2022. The economies of scale had made solar energy tariff and wind tariffs to be competitive with any thermal power plant, but going from a small base to the heights that have been set, would be difficult for the country.

India goes big on solar energy and renewable energy sector

The Government of India (GoI) interventions as well as initiatives have made India a renewable energy hub. In any given bidding for solar and wind energy projects, investors from all over the world participate and win projects. An investment of $10.2 billion from across the globe was made in India in 2016 alone, ranking fifth in the world. This is the result of a stable government policy and commitment to renewable energy.

The roadblock in the achievement of this ambition would not be why we could not reach the target; it would be by when we can reach it. India is capable of installing 175 GW of renewable energy, we might not be able to achieve it by 2022, may be in another 10 years from that, but we can certainly achieve it. What is more important is that we make sure that the rapid development that is happening in this sector is not at the cost of our environment.

(India has pledged to generate 100 GW of solar power by 2022, in what is being termed as the most ambitious renewable capacity expansion program in the world. The government aims to increase the share of clean energy through thrust on renewables. To achieve the target of 100 GW, programs and schemes such as Solar Park, Solar Defence Scheme, Solar Roof Top Scheme, Solar scheme for CPUs Solar PV power plants on Canal Bank and Canal Tops, Solar Rooftop, Solar Pump, etc. have been launched over the past few years.)

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) is India’s leading not-for-profit public interest research as well as advocacy organisation based in New Delhi, India. CSE is an NGO pioneering as a think tank on environment-development issues in India, such as planning, climate shifts devastating India’s Sundarbans and advocates for policy changes and better implementation of the already existing policies. CSE uses knowledge-based activism to create awareness about problems and propose sustainable solutions. It has been working towards Delhi Air Pollution Control. It is driven by the director Sunita Narain. Its Delhi Air Pollution Control programs are aimed to providing sustainable and long term solutions to Delhi Smog.

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Aruna Kumarankandath

About Aruna Kumarankandath

Author at greenubuntu.com. Aruna is with the Renewable Energy​ Programme​ (Energy ​and Resource Efficiency) for the ​​​Centre for Science and Environment, a premier body on environmental issues. You can reach her at Email: k_aruna@cseindia.org
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