PwC tasked with keeping Indian solar on track

The Indian government has reportedly turned to professional services group PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to ensure it hits its ambitious target of installing 100 GW of solar by 2022.

According to a report today (Friday) on Indian renewable energy policy website Renewable Electron, Narendra Modi’s government has hired PwC to assess how realistic the plans of its ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) are.

According to the article, PwC will be tasked with modelling energy demand to 2022 and formulating a plan for the Indian solar industry to meet that demand.

The company will also assess whether India’s power evacuation system is robust enough to withstand 100 GW of solar power – which would have to be installed at a rate of 12 GW a year to hit the ambitious target.

And according to Renewable Electron, PwC will also be asked to assess the possibility of Indian solar attaining grid parity.

Modi’s government has been criticized for a recent budget speech which contained much sentiment but little substance for solar and with critics accusing the prime minister of placing economic growth front and centre, regardless of its sustainability or otherwise, the solar industry will worry the man who did so much to drive solar in Gujarat may be clearing the decks for a climbdown in solar ambition.