Clean En­ergy Fu­ture

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In­dia was the tar­get of some of US pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ire as he an­nounced his coun­try’s exit from the Paris Agree­ment early in June. The US, Trump in­sisted, was at a dis­ad­van­tage be­cause de­vel­op­ing coun­tries such as In­dia are able to in­crease coal pro­duc­tion. In fact, In­dia has re­ceived much in­ter­na­tional credit for its em­brace of re­new­able en­ergy sources, in­clud­ing most re­cently in the com­pre­hen­sive Re­new­ables Global Sta­tus Report, re­leased on June 7 and pro­duced by a well­re­garded in­ter­na­tional NGO. De­spite im­pres­sive progress, In­dia is be­hind on its am­bi­tious tar­gets though the gov­ern­ment in­sists it is still on course to “lead the world to­wards clean en­ergy rather than follow”.

`65,000 CRORE

OR AROUND $10 BIL­LION, IN­DIA’S IN­VEST­MENT IN RE­NEW­ABLE EN­ERGY IN­STAL­LA­TIONS IN 2016

5%

OR 94 GI­GAWATTS (GW) OF THE WORLD’S RE­NEW­ABLE EN­ERGY CA­PAC­ITY AC­COUNTED FOR BY IN­DIA IN 2016. CHINA AC­COUNTED FOR 28%

175 GW

OF EN­ERGY TO BE PRO­VIDED BY RE­NEW­ABLE SOURCES IN 2022. UP FROM 43 GW IN 2016

100 GW

OF SO­LAR POW­ERED EN­ERGY, TAR­GET IN­DIA HAS SET IT­SELF TO REACH BY 2022; 60 GW FROM WIND

40%

OF IN­DIA’S POWER NEEDS TO BE MET BY RE­NEW­ABLE SOURCES BY 2030. CUR­RENTLY 7.5% OF EN­ERGY IS RE­NEW­ABLE, AC­CORD­ING TO A RA­JYA SABHA REPORT

620,000

PEO­PLE EM­PLOYED IN IN­DIA’S RE­NEW­ABLE EN­ER­GIES IN­DUS­TRY, FOURTH LARGEST BE­HIND NEARLY 4 MIL­LION IN CHINA, OVER 1 MIL­LION IN BRAZIL, AND 800,000 IN US

`2.6

COST PER KILO­WATT-HOUR OF ELEC­TRIC­ITY GEN­ER­ATED BY SO­LAR PAN­ELS, CLAIM TWO POWER COM­PA­NIES. SLIGHTLY CHEAPER THAN COAL-GEN­ER­ATED ELEC­TRIC­ITY

Il­lus­tra­tion by TANMOY CHAKRABORTY

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