India’s performance in solar power not so encouraging, says parliamentary panel

New Delhi: Cautioning that India’s performance in renewable energy areas like solar, small hydro, biogas is not so encouraging, a parliamentary standing committee on Monday said that the government should not act as bystander and adopt more proactive approach to arrange finances for solar power projects.

It also said that 40,000 megawatt target of grid connected rooftop solar by 2022 is “unrealistic” and it is “highly unlikely that this target will be achieved”. It suggested that government should give it a “serious relook” at it otherwise it will derail the National Solar Mission target of 100,000 MW by 2022.

It also pressed upon government to “urgently formulate” a dedicated programme to establish India as a solar manufacturing hub.

The observations were made by the Lok Sabha’s standing committee on energy—headed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Kumar Virendra Kumar—which presented its report, ‘National Solar Mission – An Appraisal” to the Parliament on Monday.

Prior to Paris Climate Summit in December 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government announced an ambitious renewable power programme of 175,000MW which includes 100,000MW solar power and 60,000MW wind power.

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