India to double renewable power capacity by 2017

Under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, the government aims to connect 20,000 MW of solar power to the National Grid by 2022.
B K Chaturvedi, Planning Commission Member (Energy): We plan to add around 20,000 MW of wind and around 10,000 MW of solar capacity by 2016-17,”.
India has massive renewable energy source, around 30,000 MW of renewable energy at present, of which around 20,000 MW is wind energy, a lot of it is bio energy primarily from sugar factories which is co-generation and some of it is solar.

The government also identified 600 power guzzling industries — including cement, fertiliser, oil refineries, steel plants and paper mills — as focus areas for promoting efficiency measures.

According to estimates of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA), resources or the potential for wind energy in India are as high as 10 lakh MW, and 20 lakh MW for solar energy.

On 30 of December Power Grid Corporation of India Southern Grid was integrated with the National Grid.



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