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14.30 GW added to renewable energy

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New Delhi: A capacity addition of 14.30 GW of renewable has been reported during the last two-and-a-half years under grid-connected renewable power, which includes 5.8 GW from solar power, 7.04 GW from wind power, 0.53 from small hydro power and 0.93 from biopower. This was stated by Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines, in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

The minister further said that NITI Aayog had presented the achievement of various infrastructure ministries including the Ministry of New and Renewable before Prime Minister on 22 August. The progress and overall achievement made under wind power, solar power, solar rooftop, solar power capacity tendered, state policies etc were satisfactory.

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            Source 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
Solar Power 12,000 15,000 16,000
Wind 4000 4600 5200
Biomass 500 750 850
SHP 225 100 100
Grand Total 16725 20450 22150

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In order to achieve the targets, various initiatives have been taken by the government which inter alia include

Ø  amendments in the Tariff Policy for strong enforcement of Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) and for providing Renewable Generation Obligation (RGO);

Ø  setting up of exclusive solar parks;

Ø  development of power transmission network through Green Corridor project;

Ø  identification of large government complexes/ buildings for rooftop projects;

Ø  provision of rooftop solar and 10 percent renewable as mandatory under Mission Statement and Guidelines for development of smart cities;

Ø  amendments in building bye-laws for mandatory provision of rooftop solar for new construction or higher FAR;

Ø  infrastructure status for solar projects;

Ø  raising tax-free solar bonds;

Ø  making rooftop solar a part of loan by banks/NHB;

Ø  incorporating measures in Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) for encouraging distribution companies and making net-metering compulsory

Ø  raising from bilateral and international donors as also from the Green Climate Fund to achieve the target. and

Ø  creation of Surya Mitras for installation and maintenance of the solar projects.

“In coming years, ministry is going to focus on conducive policies for promotion of Grid Interactive Renewable Power so as to reach 175 GW by 2022, low cost financing with long tenure for renewable technologies and projects, creation of transmission infrastructure for evacuation of renewable power, focus on promoting indigenous technologies, technological innovation and research and development in the renewable sector and creation of qualified and skilled manpower,” Goyal added.

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