Power Minister R K Singh Confident To Achieve RE Capacity of 175 GW

Energy Minister Raj Kumar Singh said 80GW of renewable energy has been established while another 24GW is under installation

RK Singh

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Power and New and Renewable Energy Minister Raj Kumar Singh exudes confidence that the renewable energy target of 175 gigawatt (GW) by 2022 would be achieved.

Singh, who took the charge of the ministries in the second term of Modi government, said 80GW of renewable energy has been established while another 24GW is under installation.

“The overall renewable energy established capacity has reached 80,000 MW level. 24,000 MW is under installation. For 42,000 MW, bids are at different stages. So, the total is 1,46,000 MW and the target is for 1,75,000 MW (175 GW),” he said.

“We will achieve the target,” Singh emphasized. Elaborating on priorities, he said the top priority will remain to achieve the targets set by the government.

The government has set an ambitious target of installing 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022, which includes 100 GW from solar, 60 GW from wind, 10 GW from bio-power and 5 GW from small hydro-power.

Various research reports and rating agencies, however, have cautioned that India is unlikely to meet the energy targets for wind and solar power.

According to Fitch Solutions Macro Research report, India is likely to install 54.7 GW of wind capacity by 2022 against the 60GW target set by the government.

The agency said it remains cautious on India meeting its ambitious 2022 targets for wind power capacity growth as land acquisition issues and grid bottlenecks would lead to delays in project implementation in the sector.

In January-March 2019 period itself, solar installations in India fell by 49% to 1,737 MW mainly due to reasons like difficulty faced by installers in getting the required approvals, tariff caps, payment issues among others, the report said. Over 800 MW of solar auctions were canceled in the first quarter of this year, it added.

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