100-GW solar power target can be achieved, says Ministry of New and Renewable Energy joint secretary

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The government’s target of 100 GW solar power by 2022 is definitely achievable given the progress made in the last two years, said Tarun Kapoor, joint secretary at the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy at the Economic Times Power Summit.Participating in a discussion moderated by Manish Kumar Gupta, director of CRISIL Ratings, Kapoor said: “Even two years ago, installed solar capacity was not much. We had to hold meetings with developers and convince them, talk to states and convince them. Now everything is happening on its own. Preparation has been done. Scaling up appears possible. But it is important to sustain high levels of commissioning.” Ravi Khanna, CEO of solar power business at the Aditya Birla Group, wondered whether the country has the infrastructure needed to absorb the large volume of renewable energy that would be created. “Importance of forecasting and storage cannot be underestimated,” he said.Ashvini Kumar, managing director of Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), said storage was important. “SECI will soon float a hybrid tender for 750 MW at the Ananthapuramu Solar Park in Andhra Pradesh’s Kadapa district, which will include storage,” he said. SECI is also seeking bids for another small hybrid project in the Lahaul-Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh, which will have 2 MW of solar, some storage capacity and 0.5 MW of wind capacity.

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