New Delhi: A capacity addition of 14.30 GW of renewable energy 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 Energy before Prime Minister Narendra Modi 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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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 Energy Corridor project;
Ø identification of large government complexes/ buildings for rooftop projects;
Ø provision of rooftop solar and 10 percent renewable energy 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 incorporating measures in Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) for encouraging distribution companies and making net-metering compulsory
Ø raising funds 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 energy 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.