India takes advantage of distributed nature of Renewable Energy: Secretary, MNRE

Aanand Kumar has said that India has been able to take advantage of distributed renewable energy sources to provide electricity to all of its households.

The Secretary for the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Aanand Kumar has said that India has been able to take advantage of distributed renewable energy sources like off-grid solar and mini & microgrids to provide electricity to all of its households.

Speaking at the 17th meeting of International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Council being held in Abu Dhabi on 25 & 26 June 2019, Kumar said, “India has been able to provide electricity to all its households with the help of standalone solar household systems, mini & microgrids. India has taken advantage of distributed nature of Renewable Energy” said Aanand Kumar, Secretary, MNRE, Govt. of India.

He further stated that off-grid solar solutions are used for providing electricity to various public institutions where grid has not reached. “Today, off-grid solar is being used for heating, cooling, drying besides cooking,” he said.

He also mentioned that solar thermal is being used for mass cooking in many places and 200 families have been provided with PV based induction cooking solutions with the aim to save forest wood and improve women health. India can help training the manpower for distributed RE through its institutions like National Institute of Solar Energy, he added.

In his speech at the IRENA meet, Aanand stressed that fighting against climate change and adoption of renewable energy is a matter of faith and commitment for India. He also shared efforts being made by India for de-dieselization of the farm sector by installing 1.75 million pumps over the next four years.

Recently, we reported that India is planning to add 500 GW of renewable energy to its electricity mix by 2030 according to MNRE secretary Aanand Kumar. Speaking at the IRENA Council, the MNRE Secretary said, “India would have installed 175 GW of RE capacity by 2022 without taking into account large hydro and 225 GW including large hydro. By 2030 India plans to establish 500 GW of Renewable Energy capacity.”

Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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