Solar policy for all Indian states

Ministry
of New and Renewable Energy urges each of India’s states to present clear
policies for solar energy to the government. India’s 29 states have all been
urged to develop and submit their own solar policies as the government
continues its PV push.

India’s
minister for power, coal and renewable energy, Piyush Goyal, has requested that
all of India’s individual states submit a solar policy to the central
government as part of the country’s ongoing push to ramp up its PV portfolio. Acting
as the head of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Goyal released
a written statement in the Lok Sabha – India’s Assembly of the People – stating
that 14 states have so far issued solar policies, and revealed that a draft
“model solar energy policy” has been sent to all states to offer
guidance on how to meet clean energy targets.

Goyal
also revealed that the MNRE has sanctioned 348 MW of new grid-connected rooftop
PV projects across India, and has sought further private and foreign investment
in the country’s wider renewable energy sector, which, the minister added,
still has plenty of untapped potential. “An estimated potential of 897 GW
has been identified from various renewable energy sources in the country,”
said Goyal. “This includes 749 GW from solar, 103 GW from wind, 25 GW from
bio-energy and 20 GW from small hydro power.”

Goyal
confirmed that the World Bank has “shown interest” in financing a
solar PV project in the state of Andhra Pradesh, and it was also revealed this
week global service network giant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has been brought
on board by the Indian government to draw up a roadmap for the scale-up of the
country’s solar footprint.

PwC
will assess India’s PV potential and critique MNRE’s current energy policies in
an effort to fully determine a realistic power demand projection for the
country. The analysts will also evaluate grid parity projections and the assess
the capability of India’s grid, power evacuation systems and wider networks in
handling rapid expansion to 100 GW of solar feed-in, which is the government’s
stated aim for 2022.

With
a little more than 3 GW of cumulative solar PV capacity currently installed,
India will have to add more than 12 GW of new solar PV capacity annually in order
to reach its current solar target. (Via. PV magazine). 

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