India had a solar target of installing 20 GW of solar power by 2022 but as per reports from a senior official of Department of Science and Technology Department of Central government, the target has been already achieved in January 2018, viz. 4 years ahead of the scheduled targets. Furthermore that as a result India is now focusing on a new target of installing 100 GW solar of solar power by 2022. The official also claimed that even though India was one of the most affected countries of climate change, it was still the least one to contribute to global warming.
India is already on the top of its game when it comes to power production from renewable sources of energy. Its renewable energy accounts to 34.6 percent while hydro installed capacity is 45 GW now. Besides, it is also the fourth largest producer of wind power in the world with a power creating capacity of 36,625 MW. No wonder India houses four of the seven largest solar parks of the work including the second largest in Kurnool, Andra Pradesh with a capacity of 1000 MW. Besides, India is also about to complete the construction of world’s largest power plant with capacity of a mammoth 2255 MW at Badhla Solar Park, Rajasthan, quite soon.
Dr Akhilesh Gupta, Advisor and Head of the climate change program, while delivering a speech at the 30th foundation day of biodiversity conservation and research organization called Aaranyak highlighted the challenges around the rising temperatures in Himalayan ranges. He pointed that regions like Assam and Mizoram were at the two main regions at the receiving end and most vulnerable is Assam due to low forest cover, lack of irrigated areas, farmers unwilling to take loans and even least number of areas under crop insurance besides low participation in MGNREGA. He also delivered a presentation around India’s preparedness for dealing with climate change problems and its action plans.
He further added that even the government has taken drastic steps in the direction and the results across the years 2005 -2010 have already shown a steady decrease in the emission intensity of India’s GDP by 12 percent. As per Dr Gupta, India is promoting the Nuclear power as a reliable, cheap and environment friendly source of Power as it aims to install 63GW capacity by 2032.
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