India can go 100% green
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.