India’s Solar Future

Although today India has a very negligible use of solar power, recent government involvement in the energysector will prove to be a massive advancement in the solar industry. One of the greatest installments included the implementation of the largets solar power plant in all of Asia. The plant located in Gujarat, India. 

“Upon activation, it will reduce 8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and save 900,000 metric tons of coal and gas annually, the government said.” The government has begun an aggressive attack for the advancement of clean technology over the next four years. Other revolutions include, the establishment of Renewable Energy Certificates Registry of India and the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission. The mission goals include:

· To create an enabling policy framework for the deployment of 20,000 MW
of solar power by 2022.
· To ramp up capacity of grid-connected solar power generation to 1000 MW
within three years – by 2013; an additional 3000 MW by 2017 through the
mandatory use of the renewable purchase obligation by utilities backed with a
preferential tariff. This capacity can be more than doubled – reaching
10,000MW installed power by 2017 or more, based on the enhanced and
enabled international finance and technology transfer. The ambitious target
for 2022 of 20,000 MW or more, will be dependent on the ‘learning’ of the first
two phases, which if successful, could lead to conditions of grid-competitive
solar power. The transition could be appropriately up scaled, based on
availability of international finance and technology.
· To create favourable conditions for solar manufacturing capability, particularly
solar thermal for indigenous production and market leadership.
· To promote programmes for off grid applications, reaching 1000 MW by 2017
and 2000 MW by 2022 .
· To achieve 15 million sq. meters solar thermal collector area by 2017 and 20
million by 2022.
· To deploy 20 million solar lighting systems for rural areas by 2022.

According to Clean Technica (http://s.tt/19Drq), “This is one of many projects to come if India is to reach its green goals within 2020: 15% of India’s total energy consumption should come from renewable sources of energy. The country is currently at 6%.” At this rate India’s renewable energy will more than double in less than 10 years, and hopefully wil continue to do so even after that.

For more reading please click the following links:

http://www.ecoseed.org/business-article-list/article/1-business/8741-india%E2%80%99s-gujarat-bares-500-mw-solar-park-to-businessmen

http://india.gov.in/allimpfrms/alldocs/15657.pdf

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About rspv

I'm a first year student in the MSGA program at New York University. I'm considering focusing on the Energy and the Environment sector. I have a BA in East Asian Lang. & Lit. with a concentration in Mandarin Chinese.
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