India almost doubles solar energy, with big plans for more

Clare Saxon Ghauri
22 January 2014

NEW DELHI: New data from the Government of India reveals that the country almost doubled its cumulative solar energy capacity last year, boosting progress towards its ambitious solar targets.

India added over 1 gigawatt of solar power to its electricity grid in 2013, a landmark figure which sees the country's total solar capacity almost double to 2.18 gigawatts, according to the Government of India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy

The growth, which was partially driven by India's National Solar Mission and state-level policies, shows that India is on track to hit its solar target of 10 gigawatts by 2017, and 20 gigawatts by 2022. 

In the last ten years, India's renewable energy total rose from under 4 gigawatts to more than 27 gigawatts, of which wind power contributes around two-thirds.

This weekend, India made further progress on clean energy growth by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UAE on working together to promote and advance renewable energy, specifically solar and wind power. Jarnail Singh, India Program Manager, The Climate Group, commented on the MoU: "It is important because India has one of the highest populations in the world without electricity, while UAE is known for being at the frontier of new technology. The MoU has come at a time when India is struggling to implement ambitious plans to reach out to the population without access to modern forms of energy across the country."

See the data from the Government of India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy

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By Clare Saxon

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