India will not achieve 40 GW rooftop solar target with current policies: Report

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India will not be able to achieve its ambitious target of 40 GW of installed solar rooftop capacity by 2022, if it continues with just the policies and incentives it is currently providing, says a report “Scaling Up Private Investment in Rooftop Solar”, by the Solar Rooftop Policy Coalition, a consortium of the UK Department for International Development, the Climate Group, the Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation and the Nand and Jeet Khemka Foundation. India plans 100 GW of solar capacity by 2022, of which 40 GW will be on rooftops and the rest, ground projects. The current installed rooftop solar capacity (end-October 2015 figures) is around 0.525 GW. The report predicts that the push the government has been giving this segment will at best raise the figure to 13.5 GW by 2022. It sets forth around 50 recommendations for a still harder push which it maintains can almost double capacity to 26 GW by 2002. None of its proposals require additional fiscal commitments from the government for this segment.It sets forth around 50 recommendations for a still harder push which it maintains can almost double capacity to 26 GW by 2002. None of its proposals require additional fiscal commitments from the government for this segment. “The 40 GW target requires 86% growth each year which is faster than the growth in mobile phone connections in the 2000s,” the report notes. It thereafter ignores the 40 GW figure as a pipedream and concentrates solely on the recommendations to achieve 26 GW.

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