India has achieved a milestone target of 20 GW
in cumulative solar installations in eight years. The National Solar Mission
had initially set the target of 20 GW (giga watt) installed capacity by 2022.
This has been achieved four years ahead of time.
achievement comes on the back of a major renewable energy push by Modi
government, which after coming to power in 2014 had scaled up the target to 100
gw of solar capacity by 2022.
For the first time, solar was the
top source of new power capacity additions in India during the calendar year
2017, with preliminary figures showing solar installations reaching 9.6 gw in
this period and accounting for 45% of total capacity additions.
But the country has reached the milestone at a
time when protectionist measures threaten to slow down activity in the
"The government's revised solar
installation target of 100 gw by 2022 has recently been clashing with PM Modi's
'Make in India' initiative to promote domestic manufacturing. The
recommendation for 70% safeguard duty on (solar panel) imports, the ongoing
anti-dumping case, and a 7.85% port duty on imported modules are together
creating an atmosphere of regulatory uncertainty that is taking a toll on the
industry and slowing down installation activity," the Mercom report quoted
CEO Raj Prabhu as saying.