The Government of India’s target of 100 gigawatts of solar power by 2022 reflects two perspectives. One, it embodies a practical need and urgency for solar energy from climate and energy security points of view. The other perspective, however, is that it shows the typical tendency of government authorities to draw up overly ambitious targets and be in a perennial promise mode. While examining the feasibility of this target, this EPW article raises key concerns and offers suggestions on the appropriate land procurement and rooftop policies, as well as manufacturing strategies that need to be drawn up.
India’s 100GW of Solar by 2022: Pragmatism or Targetitis?