In­dia can go 100% green

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

make the tran­si­tion to 100 per cent re­new­able en­ergy by 2030, says a study by the Lappeen­ranta Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, Fin­land, and in­ter­na­tional non-profit En­ergy Watch Group. The study au­thors cal­cu­lated that the hourly elec­tric­ity de­mand in 2030 would be al­most dou­ble the de­mand in 2015. The bulk of this could be met by so­lar and wind en­ergy, which In­dia would have in suf­fi­cient amounts in 2030. By analysing his­tor­i­cal weather data and tech­ni­cal and fi­nan­cial as­sump­tions for 2030, the sci­en­tists found that the in­stalled ca­pac­i­ties of so­lar Photo Voltaic (PV) cells and wind tur­bines in a 100 per cent re­new­able en­ergy sys­tem in In­dia would be 727 GW and 191 GW re­spec­tively and the share of so­lar PV and wind would be 59 per cent and 18 per cent of the to­tal elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion mix. Dur­ing the pe­riod of low so­lar ra­di­a­tion, wind and hy­dropower would make up for the deficit and keep the en­ergy sys­tem run­ning with­out black­outs.

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