Green energy potential remains untapped: Ministry

India has 900 GW of commercially exploitable sources of renewable energy if 3 per cent of the country’s wasteland is made available, according to the Ministry for New and Renewable Energy. The renewable sources of energy include wind and solar power, biomass and waste-to-energy apart from small hydro power plants.

The solar power potential of the country remains largely untapped with only 3 GW of installed power compared with 750 GW of potential. Wind power, on the other side, has been developed at a much faster pace with an installed capacity of 22.5 GW as on December 31, 2014 compared with a total potential of 100 GW.

A State-wise list of renewable energy potential has been drawn up by the National Institute of Wind Energy, National Institute of Solar Energy, Indian Institute of Science for and the Alternate Hydro Energy Centre.

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