India has installed 100 GW renewable energy capacity, inching closer to target, govt announces
New Delhi: India crossed the 100-gigawatt (GW) mark of installed renewable energy capacity Thursday, according to a statement by the Government of India, bringing it one step closer to its renewable energy targets.
“The total installed renewable energy capacity in India, excluding large hydro, has crossed the mile-stone of 100 GW. Today India stands at 4th position in the world in terms of installed RE capacity, 5th in solar and 4th in wind in terms of installed capacity,” the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy said in a statement. The Narendra Modi government had set an initial target of installing 175 GW of renewable energy capacity, including wind, solar, and hydro, by 2022. It increased this target later to 450 GW by 2030. “While 100 GW has been installed, 50 GW is under installation and 27 GW is under tendering. India has also enhanced its ambition to install 450 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2030. If large hydro is included the installed RE capacity increases to 146 GW,” the statement said.
The announcement comes days after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a damning report on the state of global warming across the world. “Many changes due to past and future greenhouse gas emissions are irreversible for centuries to millennia, especially changes in the ocean, ice sheets and global sea level,” it said. India’s renewable energy targets mark a shift from its reliance on fossil fuels, which emit large amounts of carbon dioxide.
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