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India must follow the Gujarat model for solar power success

Global Data says Indian states must follow Gujarat's solar project investments to produce 160 GW by 2030

Gujarat is adopting solar power.
Gujarat is adopting solar power.

Research firm Global Data projects that rooftop solar power generation schemes will India reach its solar power production goals by 2022, with the announcement coming days after the country's Gujarat Government revealed plans to launch a rooftop solar project for slums in its jurisdiction.

According to Global Data, solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in India are set to reach approximately 160 GW by 2030 led by the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), which was launched in 2008 by the Government of India, under former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of the Indian National Congress party.

JNNSM has targeted 100 GW in solar PV installations by 2022, of which 40 GW is planned to come from rooftop projects.

India recorded solar PV rooftop installations of around 2 GW by May 2019, project manager at Global Data, Mohit Prasad, said the figure was only 5% of the country's requirement to meet its target. 

Prasad explained: “With Gujarat contributing around 19% of rooftop solar PV installations — the highest by any state in India — such schemes would further foster the growth of solar installations.

“The introduction of the new scheme in Gujarat is an extension to the existing schemes for households with terraces, and the programme for farmers which have received modest response,” added Prasad.

According to Prasad, introducing similar solar schemes in other Indian states such as Maharashtra and Rajasthan will not only increase their respective rooftop solar installation numbers, but could also help India reach its JNNSM target as planned. 

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