Terming energy independence as India's "highest priority", President APJ Abdul Kalam on Monday said power generation in the country needs to grow over three-fold to 4,00,000-mw by 2030, including 50,000-mw by way of nuclear energy.
"Based on the progress visualised for the nation during the next two decades, the power generating capacity has to increase to 4,00,000-MW by 2030 from the existing 1,30,000-mw," he said at a function organised by TERI.
The President said with depleting reserves of fossil- based oil, coal and gas reserves, alternate sources of energy needed to be seriously considered.
"Energy independence has got to be achieved through three different sources namely hydel capacity, nuclear power and non-conventional energy sources primarily through solar energy, apart from thermal power," Kalam said.
He said while hydel capacity was expected to contribute an additional 50,000 MW, solar energy farms would contribute another 55,000 MW. "The nuclear power plants should have a target of 50,000 MW of power while the balance 115,000 MW has to be generated through the conventional thermal plants through coal and gas and other renewable sources such as wind power, biomass, municipal waste and solar thermal power," he said.
The President said power generated through renewable energy technologies has to be increased to 25 per cent from the present five per cent.
On nuclear energy, Kalam envisaged rise in generation capacity from the current 2,700-mw to a massive 50,000-mw by 2030. "There is a need to plan right from now to increase this capacity to 50,000 MW by 2030," he said.