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Coming Soon: Detailed Plan On India’s 100 GW Solar Power Ambition

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We may soon see a detailed plan on how India plans to achieve 100 GW solar power capacity by 2022.
The Indian minister for coal, power, and renewable energy, Piyush Goyal, has announced that a detailed plan on how his government plans to install an additional 97 GW capacity over the next 7 years would be finalised in a ‘few days.’

As mentioned in an earlier article, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy had asked PricewaterhouseCoopers to come up with an updated plan for the National Solar Mission. The upgraded capacity addition plan for the National Solar Mission was formally announced by the Indian government in February this year. The solar power target is part of the bigger plan to have 175 GW renewable energy capacity operational by 2022.

The Indian government had already mentioned some of the regulatory measures it would take to reached the seemingly impossible target of adding 12 GW capacity every year. The government has announced plans to set up ultra mega solar power projects of up to 4 GW capacity in 25 of the 29 states in the country; 19 of these projects have already been finalized. Apart from this, the central government will also auction off solar power projects as it has done in the past, with the capacity auctioned would be in tens of gigawatts. Additionally, the armed forces and nationalised companies — including the Indian Railways — have also been asked to set up large-scale solar power projects in the surplus land available to them.

India has a Renewable Energy Certificates (REC) schemes operational which represents about 17% of the total renewable energy capacity installed in country, and the government is reportedly planning to comprehensively revamp the REC market to attract further capacity addition. Several hundred megawatts capacity is also expected to be delivered through canal-top solar power projects.

Apart from central policies, programs, and auctions, the state governments will also implement their own policies to install several gigawatts capacity. At least 15 states in India have announced solar power policies.

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4 thoughts on “Coming Soon: Detailed Plan On India’s 100 GW Solar Power Ambition

  • wow, in Germany they would say: “Da steppt der Baer” 🙂

    Also, the 100 GW in 7 years will be “easy” if they are determined enough.. just look at exponential growth for this with a 31% growth of the added amount per year:
    If they install 3.9 GW in 2015 they get 6.9 GW total at end of year..
    Each year the amount added grows by 31%, so in 2022 they will add 26GW and have the 100 GW total):

    2014 added 3.0 total 3.0
    2015 added 3.9 total 6.9
    2016 added 5.1 total 12.1
    2017 added 6.7 total 18.8
    2018 added 8.8 total 27.7
    2019 added 11.6 total 39.2
    2020 added 15.2 total 54.4
    2021 added 19.9 total 74.3
    2022 added 26.0 total 100.3

    • This is good news, yay India! The Fossil Fuel Fools in the US will hate this because one of the excuses they have for not using renewables here is “Look at how much China and India emit!” Seeing those two nations’ emissions go down will annoy the heck outa the Fools.

      “Da steppt der Baer”

      I gotta ask, what does this mean?

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