Solar energy is poised to become the major source of clean energy, but how quickly will it reach this critical mass depends on whether the government of India decides to accelerate the development of its clean-energy economy and make the nation’s grids more reliable.
The nation’s solar power plants, or solar parks, are mostly owned and operated by private companies, and the vast majority of the country’s electricity is generated by these facilities.
The Government of India, however, has said it plans to expand solar power to more areas.
The plan would help India meet its ambitious target of reaching 100 gigawatts (GW) of solar power by 2022.
However, the government has been criticized for its slow pace of expanding solar power, and has faced criticism for the slow pace at which it is installing solar panels.
In January, India’s Minister of State for Power and Resources Anil Kakodkar said the country would reach 100 GW of solar by 2022, but the National Solar Mission (NSM) report says that India will reach about 50 GW by 2022 if the government decides to go ahead with the expansion of solar.
India, which is also the world’s second-largest solar producer, has a population of nearly 300 million, and its solar power capacity is projected to increase to about 4 GW by 2021, up from around 3 GW currently.
Solar power accounts for about one-third of India’s total energy consumption, and solar is India’s fastest-growing source of renewable energy.
The government plans to ramp up solar power from 1 GW per capita to 10 GW per person by 2022 and from 5 GW per resident to 25 GW per population by 2023.
Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are being installed in India at the Karimnagar Solar Park in Ahmedabad, India, February 19, 2017.
The National Solar Missions, a joint effort by the government, the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), aim to boost renewable energy by harnessing the sun’s energy.
But while the NSM says that the expansion plan would be accelerated by the year 2020, the project is expected to be shelved.
The NSM report says it will be better to invest in solar power for the long-term.
The government, however has announced plans to set up a “solar power bank” to encourage private companies to expand their solar power parks.
The Indian government has also started to phase out the import of thermal coal to India.
India has about 11.4 million solar photovollars (SPVs) and 3.2 million PV panels.
The country’s total installed capacity is estimated at about 3 GW.
The NSM reports that India is aiming to install 4 GW of PV in 2021, 2 GW in 2022, and 1 GW in 2023, but a large part of the solar capacity will not be installed because of its high cost and lack of availability of the panels.