Solar power can bring 5% to 7% of India's electricity demand by 2021-22
Aug 30, 2011 - India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy said Monday that according to a study by accounting consultancy KPMG, by 2021-2022 solar power could cover 5% to 7% of the country's total electricity consumption.
India is an attractive destination for solar power generation, as its daily average solar energy incident varies from 4kWh to 7 kWh per sq m of surface area. There are about 300 sunny days a year at most locations, Farooq Abdullah, Minister of New and Renewable Energy said.
The country has already taken steps to utilise its solar power potential. At present, there are 45.5 MW of grid connected solar power installations throughout India, while the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission targets 20,000 MW of grid-connected solar power capacity by 2022. Abdullah projects that the sector will grow rapidly thanks to falling equipment prices and technology improvements.