India says solar power is now cheaper than coal

cochin-international_1024India has been heavily backing solar power. In recent times, the nation has unveiled a string of ambitious solar projects, including the world’s first 100 percent solar-powered airport and what is slated to become the world’s largest solar power station.

One of the consequences of all this ongoing investment in infrastructure is that the cost of providing solar power in India is becoming increasingly affordable – to the point where the country’s energy minister, Piyush Goyal, now says that solar power is a more cost-effective option than the old fossil-fuel staple, coal.

 “I think a new coal plant would give you costlier power than a solar plant,” Goyal told the media at a press conference. “Of course there are challenges of 24/7 power. We accept all of that – but we have been able to come up with a solar-based long term vision that is not subsidy based.”

That vision is part a national plan for to generate more than 100 gigawatts of solar power by 2022 – an ambitious target that’s about 20 times beyond the current level solar provides in India.

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