India's renewable energy capacity crosses 80 GW-mark
India’s renewable energy capacity has reached a milestone of 80 GW of the 175 GW of the clean energy target by 2022.
The government has set an ambitious target of 100 GW solar and 60 GW wind energy. The parliament was informed that India’s solar capacity has crossed 29.55 GW and 36.37 GW of wind energy.
“The Government is regularly monitoring the progress being made to achieve the target of 175 GW by 2022. A total of 80.46 GW of renewable energy capacity has been installed in the country as on June 30, 2019 which includes 29.55 GW from Solar & 36.37 GW from Wind power,” Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
Singh also mentioned that solar power capacity addition was 5,525.98 MW in 2016-17, 9,362.63 MW in 2017-18 and 6,529.20 MW in 2018-19.
In another reply, the ministry also told the House that a total of 42 solar power parks with an aggregate capacity of around 23.40 GW have been approved by the government so far to facilitate achievement of 100 GW target by March, 2022.
Out of approved capacity of 23.40 GW, power purchase agreements (PPAs) have been signed for around 9.20 GW and out of this, around 6.40 GW of capacity has been commissioned in various solar parks as on June 30, 2019, he said.
The minister also informed the House that availability of land and power evacuation are two main constraints in setting up of solar parks.
To address these issues, a new mode (Mode-7) has been introduced in the Solar Park scheme, allowing Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) to act as the Solar Power Park Developer (SPPD).
The SECI, with the assistance of the states, will make land available to successful bidders for setting up renewable energy projects and also get the external power evacuation infrastructure of the parks developed through External Transmission Development Agencies (ETDA) like Central Transmission Unit (CTU), State Transmission Units (STUs), he added.
According to India’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, India has pledged to reduce the emissions intensity of its GDP by 40 %, by 2030.