There were a few articles this week about India’s green energy future. India’s energy situation is precarious as the country’s demand grows at a staggering pace.  And sometimes it does not all go well as we learned earlier this year. In the summer the country faced a two-day power blackout, which affected more than 600 million people. The government is hoping that renewable energy and nuclear projects can help to eliminate these power shortages. The question is to what extent these forecasts will materialize.

oneindia discloses that India will be producing 20 GW of electricity from nuclear power by 2020. Presently, its nuclear facilities are producing 4,8 GW.

Energy Live News said India has the potential for 89 GW of wind capacity by 2020, This is the conclusion from a new report by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), the World Institute of Sustainable Energy, and the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association. The country currently has 18 GW of installed wind capacity. However, this scenario can only occur if the right government policies are put in place for renewable energy as well as significant improvements to the country’s electric grid.  Steve Sawyer, GWEC’s Secretary General said: “Power shortages and energy security are both critical issues for India’s rapidly growing economy. Wind is already cost-competitive with heavily subsidized fossil fuel-based energy in several Indian states and its competitive position will only improve over time. But we need effective national energy policy, coordination with states, investments in the grid and policy stability for wind power to fulfil its potential in India.”

The New York Daily News reported India plans to add 30 GW of renewable energy by 2017. Presently, total power generation capacity from renewable energy is about 26 GW. A report prepared by the World Bank in 2010 stated that India could produce about 68 GW of power from wind, bio-mass and small hydro power resources.

RECHARGE posted India plans to triple its PV solar manufacturing base by 2022. This policy is part of India’s plan to add 9 GW of solar capacity by 2017. India currently has about 1.5 GW of  PV manufacturing capacity. The government says it wants to see the country with 4-5 GW of manufacturing capacity by the end of 2022.
Triple Pundit wrote about how solar is bringing electricity to rural India for the first time. The article focuses on a pilot project underway in the village of Meerwada in Central India. In 2010, the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, announced the government’s Solar India project with a target of 20 GW by 2022, with 3 GW by 2017.
“…for some 400 million people in India, electrical power does not exist and has never existed in their homes. Living by the light of day has been a way of life for 28 other villages near Meerwada, where their physical distance from conventional power lines has kept the communities reliant on diesel generators and kerosene lamps. Meerwada’s success in converting to solar power may change that….A lot of the people who are without electricity right now are never going to be touched by the electric grid because of the sheer expense and engineering effort that would be required to bring traditional transmission lines out to them.”
In India’s energy revolution FierceEnergy suggested that LED (light emitting diode) lighting will play an important role in the country’s energy future. Presently India’s lighting is dominated by compact fluorescent lamps and T5 fluorescent lamps. However, that is about to change as more efficient and cheaper LED lighting finds its way to this Southeast Asian nation over the next decade. Prices are falling rapidly for LED and it is expected that new manufacturing facilities will open in the country which will further reduce prices.

Energy Business Review reported there will be a new hydr0-electric project in northern India.  The Indian government has approved a 300 MW project in the northern state of Uttarakhand. The power will supply Uttarakhand and neighbouring states starting 4 years from now.




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