Empty seats seen during assembly session at Vidhana Soudha in Bangalore on Friday. –KPN

Solar Targets are “unrealistic” – Influential Indian Parliamentary committee

The Indian Parliament’s standing committee on energy has called the Indian government’s solar plans “unrealistic.”

The comments were made in a report called ‘National Solar Mission – An Appraisal’ by the standing committee on energy to the Lok Sabha.

The report noted that progress on wind power was satisfactory, “However, the performance in other sectors of the renewable energy such as solar, small hydro, biomass, biogas etc. is not so encouraging.”

India is aiming to have 40,000 megawatts of grid connected solar energy by 2022. The report said that it is “highly unlikely that this target will be achived.”

One of the current Indian government’s key policies is to provide 100% electrification in India which it says will be achieved with using all fuels available.

India is heavily reliant on coal fired power which energy Minister Piyush Goyal saying coal will “continue to remain our mainstay”.

Recently India announced a $10 billion investment in new coal fired power stations as well as the decommissioning of older plants, in order to reduce emissions.

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