India increases solar power goals

India’s ministry of New and Renewable Energy has reported new goals regarding their solar program, known as National Solar Mission. The new modified program sets to increase solar power capacity to one hundred gigawatts by 2022. In the earlier version of the plan, the goal was set to twenty two gigawatts by 2022. The success of solar power’s rapid growth in the developed countries in Europe and the US has proven to be rather beneficial for developing countries such as India. The growth of the photovoltaic industry has made solar more accessible than ever. The modern tools are fast enough to deliver important production measurements, such as the thin-film deposition rate, and scientists have also made huge progress in innovative ideas on how to reduce the production cost and use simpler less expensive materials instead of traditional silicon. All these factors make India’s target to increase their solar potential in the future more feasible.

The ministry has set to split their renewable energy between residential use and utility; rooftop solar will take forty gigawatts, fifty seven gigawatts are allotted to the industrial sector, while the remaining three percent are India’s current working solar power size.

By 2016, India has set goals to increase their current capacity to 4.8 gigawatts, and in 2017 it is set to reach five gigawatts. The goals are set to develop rooftop solar panels first, which is going to be financed mostly by the states authorities. Utility-level renewal energy plans are set to be worked out by both the states and the central governments.

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