India to push for renewable energy
Ever since the government unveiled its ambitious plans to generate 100 GW of solar electricity by the year 2022, solar energy has been the showpiece of India’s renewable energy policy and its climate change action plan.
In the last one year, more than 3 GW of solar capacity was added in the country, taking the total installed capacity to almost 8 GW.
The wind industry, which had been spearheading India’s renewable energy push since the end of 1990s, is now fearing just that.
“The importance being given to solar is not unexpected. Wind is placed in a much better situation and is already fairly well established, while solar is still in its infancy. But solar cannot be the only solution to India’s energy problems. The answer has to come from both solar and wind. Hybrid (combined solar and wind generation) policy is also going to play a major role,” Sarvesh Kumar, chairman of the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association (IWTMA), said.