Jun 9, 2014 - The recently-elected government in India plans to soon expand the country’s 20-GW national solar mission, President Pranab Mukherjee said in an address to the Houses of Parliament today.
The move will be part of a new national energy policy that will focus on the development of energy-related infrastructure, human resource and technology. Its goal will also be to expand India's electricity generation capacity through mix of conventional and non-conventional sources.
The Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) was launched in January 2010. The programme aims to add 20 GW of solar power capacity by 2022, lower the cost of solar power generation and promote research and development in the segment. Currently, the first 750-MW batch of the mission’s second phase is being implemented.
On Friday, local daily the Economic Times said that India plans to build 4,000 MW of solar parks as part of a programme of the newly-elected government to promote energy from renewable sources. The four plants will be deployed in the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
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