State Bank of India to bankroll 15 GW of solar power by 2020

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The State Bank of India has said it will bankroll 15 GW of solar power by 2020, although it has not disclosed exactly how much it will spend on the country’s ambitious goal. The price of 1 GW is estimated at around $1 billion.

India’s solar energy target was front and center at the first Renewable Energy Global Investors Meet & Expo (RE-Invest), which kicked off on Sunday in New Delhi and runs through Tuesday.

Opening the conference on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has made renewable energy a priority for his government, described clean energy as an "article of faith."

Speaking to Reuters, First Solar CEO Jim Hughes welcomed India’s commitment to develop 100 GW of solar power by 2022 – a 33-fold increase from the current level – but pointed out that in some Indian states, questions remained about the financial viability of solar programs.

"It makes it difficult to develop projects in these circumstances," Hughes told Reuters.

Hughes said India would struggle to hit its hugely ambitious renewable energy target if it failed to make more land available for plants and ensure utilities have the means to buy clean energy.

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