India To Have 220 GW Renewable Energy Capacity By 2022: PM Narendra Modi
India will increase its existing renewable energy capacity to 220 gigawatts by 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday, calling for even lower power tariffs.
The prime minister was expected to deliver the inaugural address at the World Solar Technology Summit organised by the International Solar Alliance but could not do so due to some other engagements. New and Renewable Energy Minister RK Singh read out Modi's message at the virtual summit.
"We have scaled up our non-fossil fuel-based generation to 134 GW, which is about 35% of our total power generation. We are confident of increasing it to 220 GW by 2022," Singh said, reading out the prime minister's message. “Technology holds the key to scale up the use of solar energy. Technological advancements have already brought about a significant reduction in the price of solar power. A further reduction in the cost will provide a major boost to the use and expansion of renewable energy.”
Modi also mentioned the ‘One World, One Sun, One Grid' project which is aimed at renewable energy supplies across nations.
The prime minister asserted that International Solar Alliance is part of this project, which can bring transformational benefits for entire humanity. He also stated that the government wants to take solar energy to all villages in the country and replace diesel with this clean source in the farm sector.