Solar could supply half of India’s clean energy aims


From pv magazine India

A new study by U.S. researchers has shown that India needs to be considerably more ambitious than its renewable-energy target of 450 GW of capacity by 2030.

The report showed that 600 GW of solar and wind capacity could keep Indian power-sector emissions at 2018 levels. The cost of doing so would be comparable to a fossil fuel-dominated grid, while almost doubling electricity supply, the researchers claimed. In carbon-mitigation and customer price terms, the most cost-effective approaches would entail a broad balance of solar and wind power or a power mix concentrated more on the latter, the study also showed.

Researchers from the University of California and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory studied a range of energy demand and cost scenarios, operational strategies, and battery storage investments. They also looked at differing clean- energy mixes, weather patterns, and energy infrastructure networks.

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The results of the study, recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, indicated that renewables would not completely eliminate the need for fossil-fuel generation, but would better position the nation to exploit clean power.

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