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100GW solar power in India by 2022 – A critical review

Manish Kumar Hairat and Sajal Ghosh

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2017, vol. 73, issue C, 1041-1050

Abstract: This study evaluates techno-economic feasibility of adding 100GW solar power in India by 2022. The study observes disproportionately high focus on SPV technologies and poor growth of CSP technologies in India. The study raises concerns on capacity addition targets based on large scale thin-film solar power plants, their economic feasibility and its repercussions on the grid and the environment. The study concludes that India's ambitious solar program based on imported cells, modules and other equipments would increase India's energy import dependence and, thereby, jeopardize its energy security. The current study, based on empirical evidences, advocates for revamping state-wise solar capacity addition targets based on solar energy potentials. It also advocates for greater emphasis on CSP technologies and de-centralized applications of solar power. India must create a robust domestic manufacturing base for solar cells, modules and other supporting equipments for self-reliance. The study finally campaigns for all supply and demand side options to bridge the burgeoning demand-supply gap of electricity.

Keywords: Solar power; India; Energy; Renewable energy; 100GW solar power (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2017.02.012

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