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Targets of India's solar mission

A few salient points of the Indian solar mission.

delhi Updated: Nov 23, 2009 18:56 IST

Targets of India's solar mission:

* To create an enabling policy framework for the deployment of 20,000 MW of solar power by 2022.

* To ramp up capacity of grid-connected solar power generation to 1,000 MW by 2013; an additional 3,000 MW by 2017 through the mandatory use of the renewable purchase obligation by utilities backed with a preferential tariff. This capacity can be more than doubled -- reaching 10,000 MW installed power by 2017 or more, based on the enhanced and enabled international finance and technology transfer. The ambitious target for 2022 of 20,000 MW or more, will be dependent on the learning of the first two phases, which if successful, could lead to conditions of grid-competitive solar power. The transition could be appropriately up-scaled, based on availability of international finance and technology.

* To create favourable conditions for solar manufacturing capability, particularly solar thermal for indigenous production and market leadership.

* To promote programmes for off grid applications, reaching 1,000 MW by 2017 and 2,000 MW by 2022.

* To achieve 15 million sq. metres solar thermal collector area by 2017 and 20 million by 2022.

* To deploy 20 million solar lighting systems for rural areas by 2022.