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Due to lag in energy production India may not achieve its 2022 renewable energy goal

Due to lag in energy production India may not achieve its 2022 renewable energy goal

In 2015, the Indian government had proposed a renewable energy plan to boost the country’s renewable power capacity to almost 175 gigawatts (GW) by the end of 2022. That was four times more than the out generated by the country at that time (40 GW). Just one year is left to achieve the target, and it looks like they are all set to miss it by a huge margin of 53 percent. When the plan was announced in 2015, it seemed like it is in step with the global energy industries’ ever-changing dynamics. Ever since the plan was announced, the countries progress was just around 12 GW per year, which is way shorter than the expected 20 GW.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, India was able to add just 7GW last year. The government had selected solar power to be the key driver for its renewable energy target.  At that time, almost 100 GW of the expected 175 GW was assigned to solar power against the 3 GW output which was produced back then. As of January 2021, the solar capacity managed to reach about 48 GW, which is healthy growth, but it is slower than the expected output.


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