The Ministry Of New And Renewable Energy will soon seek approval from the Cabinet to scale up the capacity of solar parks in the country to 40,000 MW from 20,000 MW at present, New and Renewable Energy Secretary Upendra Tripathy recently said. Speaking at the inaugural session of the Renewable Energy India Expo 2016, Tripathy further said the government would tender out 20,000 Megawatt of solar capacity in the current year.
Last year, the government had tendered out around 21,000 MW solar capacity. Reiterating the India’s agenda to promote clean energy, Tripathy said the government has raised coal cess eight times, from Rs 50 to Rs 400, in the last two years. “This shows the Prime Minister’s agenda to save the environment and promote renewable energy,” Tripathy said. He further said the India’s association with the International Solar Alliance will also boost the country’s plan to scale up its solar capacity.
UBM India today launched the 10th edition of Renewable Energy India Expo today with dignitaries from Canada, Germany, Japan and Poland. The expo brings together manufacturers, EPC And service providers including Tata Power, Suzlon Vikram Solar, L&T, Azure Power, Huawei, ABB among others.