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India Plans To Increase Solar Power Consumption To 10% By 2022

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India is planning to significantly increase the amount of electricity utilities will be mandated to acquire from solar power projects in order to achieve its ambitious target of having 100 GW operational solar power capacity by 2022.

Officials of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy recently revealed that the Indian Government is considering increasing the solar Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) target of 3% by 2022 to 10%. At present the Government has an overall RPO target of 15% by 2022, this includes at least 3% from solar power, while the balance contribution will come from non-solar renewable energy technologies.

The RPO targets indicate the minimum percentage of electricity of all the electricity procured by supply utilities that has to be sourced from renewable energy projects. States are free to set up these projects with clear distinction for solar and non-solar technologies.

It is important for the Government to increase the solar RPO so as to achieve the huge capacity addition target, but so far the implementation of the existing RPO target has been extremely poor. One should not expect any improvement in implementation of the possible new and stricter RPO targets.

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  • Is the RPO an effective constraint, or is the Ministry simply catching up with events in the states? The great thing with solar and wind projects, as Indian state politicians are discovering, is that they get built.

  • Definitely after 5 years India will make more electricity from photovoltaics than any other country. You car check them plans for photovoltaic power stations.

  • Sitting in AC room, chai pe charcha, man ki baat planning and setting the targets is very easy. May please sweat first.

    Th AM

  • “but so far the implementation of the existing RPO target has been extremely poor”
    I read that to say that the utilities are not reaching the current Renewable Purchase Obligation. So I would guess there are no teeth in the obligation. If missing RPO targets cost the company (and often more important the C level exec and board members) nothing; then it is only a recommendation or request.

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