India to double renewable power capacity by 2017

India will add nearly 30,000 MW of power generation capacity from renewable energy sources – doubling it from the current size – in the next 4 years, a senior official said today.

“We plan to add around 20,000 MW of wind and around 10,000 MW of solar capacity by 2016-17,” said B K Chaturvedi, Planning Commission Member (Energy).

At present the renewable energy capacity in the country is around 30,000 MW.

“India has massive renewable energy source, we have 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,” Chaturvedi said.

Under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, the government aims to connect 20,000 MW of solar power to the National Grid by 2022. Read more


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