India is set to cross the 100-Gw renewable energy capacity mark in 2020 and can make instant strides towards the ambitious 175 Gw clean energy target by 2022 provided the government keeps a close eye on key aspects and deals with those well in time. The government, however, needs to promote storage to ensure 24x7 clean energy supply as coal fired thermal power still remains the base load in the country.
India’s installed renewable energy generation capacity touched around 86 Gw by November-end. This includes solar, wind, small hydro, biomass, waste to energy and others.
Around 30 Gw renewable capacity, including 18 Gw solar and 10 Gw wind energy, is under implementation. Besides, around 40 Gw including 36 Gw solar and 3.4 Gw wind energy, is being offered.
“Together with other schemes being enforced by the government, I expect RE (Renewable Energy) sector to get a big boost in 2020 and the years thereafter. I expect our RE capacity to cross 100GW mark in 2020,” Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh told PTI.