We love India. We love its people, its nature, its food and its traditions. But like a lot of cultures in tradition, India has a lot of room to grow, and hopefully learn from the mistakes of other energy independent countries like Canada. Canada may have created renewable energy out of hydro-electric dams, which is cleaner than let’s say the tar sands, but it is not completely clean, and in the case of Ethiopia and the recent spat with Egypt, the hydro-electric dam might be a poor gamble for the future because it will likely destroy the Nile.
India has some poor cultural habits that it shares with Egypt, like burning agricultural waste in farmers’ fields, making it impossible to breath some days of the week, and months of the year. But like all the countries of the world, India strives to use more renewable energy sources.
But which renewable energy sources are the most popular in India?
As many countries become more conscious of their environmental footprint, India is leading the way when it comes to renewable energy sources.
Our infographic explores the rise of renewable energy in India. Which renewable energy source is becoming the most widely adopted in the country? Solar, wind, biomass and how much? India also has access to rivers for small and larger hydro-electric installations, which we can learn also from China can destroy a village, town and a known way of life.
Let’s encourage all nations of the world to look to pure renewables from solar, wind and geothermal energy. Which is the most popular with each Indian region, and how does India’s power generation stack up against the rest of the world?
In terms of India’s installed capacity for renewables – this has risen to nearly 83 gigawatts (1 GW = 1,000 MW). And in the past 5 years alone, solar power in India has grown around 12 times to over 31 GW, according to the Central Electricity Authority (CEA).
During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first term, the government’s target of having 175 GW of iclean energy capacity by March 2022 did not seem unrealistic. Some 100 GW were to be in solar energy, 60 GW in wind and the rest in small hydel (up to 25 MW) and biomass plants.
India will likely fall short of its target, thanks to delays in payments by utilities and Andhra Pradesh’s decision to renegotiate tariffs of solar and wind project. But still, India is looking forward, and so are we:
See the details in our infographic, below:
Methodology for collecting data on India’s renewable energy secor