Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s (in the picture) home state Gujarat will be targeting 30 GW of renewable energy capacity by the year 2022 as announced by the state Finance Minister Nitin Patel during the budget presentation for the fiscal year 2019-20. (Photo Credit: Press Information Bureau)
- Gujarat has upped its renewable energy target now aiming for 30 GW to be achieved by 2022
- Out of the 30 GW target, it aims to keep 20 GW for its own state use and sell the remaining 10 GW to other states
- For rooftop solar, Gujarat has provisioned a 40% subsidy for up to 3 kW systems and 20% for 3 kW and 10 kW systems
- The state will allocate INR 10 billion ($145 million) for the promotion of rooftop solar scheme to cover 200,000 families
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The home state of solar enthusiast Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gujarat has announced its intention to have 30 GW of renewable energy capacity by the year 2022. Out of this, it will use 20 GW for the state’s own use and sell power from the remaining 10 GW to other states.
Gujarat’s Finance Minister Nitin Patel shared these targets in the state budget presented for the fiscal year 2019-20. The 30 GW target is a big one considering that the total installed renewable energy capacity in the state currently nearly 9 GW, which has increased from 4,126 MW in 2013. Individual shares of renewable energy technologies within this 30 GW target is not known as yet but the state government says it will include both wind and solar power.
The state will also allocate INR 10 billion ($145 million) on a rooftop solar scheme to cover 200,000 families. The scheme will have a provision for 40% subsidy on the cost of systems of up to 3 kW capacity and 20% for system capacities of 3 kW and 10 kW.
Under the National Solar Mission of India, until 2022 Gujarat is expected to contribute over 8 GW of solar power capacity. Till May 31, 2019, Gujarat’s operational renewable energy capacity had reached 8,993.21 MW with solar contributing over 2.56 GW, according to the Central Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).
Earlier this year in January 2019, Gujarat signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for over INR 1,000 billion ($14 billion) renewable energy projects at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2019. These projects are expected to results in 30 GW of renewable capacity additions over the next decade (see Gujarat Laps Up INR 1,000bn For RE Investment).