Solar to provide upto 7% of India’s energy requirement

Posted on August 29, 2011 by


A recent forecast shows that solar power can meet 5-7% of India’s total energy requirements in another ten years i.e. by 2021-22. Minister of New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah said India has good potential for solar power as it receives solar energy equivalent to over 5,000 trillion kWh per year, which is far more than the total energy consumption of the country. He said that the solar energy incident varies from 4 – 7 kWh per square meter per day on an average. Most locations in the country have about 300 clear sunny days in a year.

The total installed capacity of grid connected solar power plants as on date is 45.5 MW. The deployment of solar power is, thereafter, expected to increase rapidly due to declining prices of solar power, indigenization and technology improvements, especially after the JNNSM Phase 1 Batch 2.

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