India’s Renewable Energy Plans target at least 1,75.000 MW of green energy by 2022. Following the ‘Make in India’ initiative launched by the Indian Prime Minister, the first Renewable Energy Global Investors Meet and Expo (RE-Invest) 2015 was conducted in New Delhi from 15th to 17th February 2015.
During the inauguration of RE-Invest programme, 293 companies committed to a target of 266 GW of renewable energy by 2020. The target includes achieving over 80 GW of wind energy. As a part of Re-invest, IWTMA sponsored a session on Onshore Wind. The session focussed on policy, regulatory, financing and other major issues concerning wind power business in India and concentrated on building a suitable plan for achieving our targets.
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has already initiated various programmes in the Urban Sector for promoting solar water heating systems in homes, hotels, hostels, hospitals and industry. The Ministry supports design of solar buildings and promoting urban and industrial waste to energy projects. India is running the largest renewable capacity expansion programme in the world.
India’s Renewable Energy Plans – Developing Solar Cities
A total of 60 cities or towns are proposed to be supported for development as Solar Cities during the 11th Plan period. At least one city in each State to a maximum of five cities in a State may be supported by the Ministry. While identifying cities to elevate to the status of Solar Cities, cities may have population between 0.50 lakh to 50 lakh, however, relaxation could be considered for special category states including north-eastern states and hilly states, islands and union territories. The government has approved a proposed master plan to develop 50 solar cities across India.
Wind Solar Hybrid Systems
There is a push for wind solar hybrid systems by using an optimum combination of wind-turbines and solar-photovoltaic with an efficiently shared infrastructure. This technology offers several advantages over either single system. As the wind generation is predominant during evening & night and solar peaks during the day resulting in to supply of energy produced by both the sources to the grid. India’s annual solar installations to grow over four times by 2017. 10.86 GW of utility-scale solar and grid connected rooftop solar capacity will be added by 2016-17.
Several programmes are launched to boost the renewable energy sector including Surya Mitra Scheme, Solar Parks, National Offshore Wind Energy Policy etc. Read More