Solarization Movement: Solar Power Rising in South India
Modern India faces multiple challenges; the most important one among them is providing energy security to all citizens, more specifically through clean energy sources. The Prime Minister Mr. Modi’s vision for modern India is heavily influenced by age old practices of optimizing natural and renewable sources, meeting needs of the current generation while protecting interest of the mother earth and the future generation. Such a noble vision is central to growth of the Nation and states, with shared responsibility and sense of caring for the environment.
With global attention on climate change and emission reduction, Mr. Modi-a candid Prime Minister with an uncluttered mind and utmost respect for the mother earth intends to make India as one of the economic superpowers driven by renewable energy. While the leading developed countries thought about meeting their energy requirements through renewables, Mr. Modi thought of Solarization of the globe with International Solar Alliance of 121solar rich countries.
Mr. Modi is walking the talk by demonstrating massive Solarization movement in India. Till 2014, Solarizationinitiatives produced less than 3 GW of grid connected solar power, with a target of 20 GW by 2019. There was a huge gap between planning and execution. But the new Solarization movement under the visionary leadership of Mr. Modi got much needed momentum and the target revised to 100 GW by 2022. From the current solar capacity installation of about 5.5 GW, 18-fold increment requires incredible amount of efforts and estimated investmentto the tune of $100 billion, which excludes investment in transmission infrastructure. Above all, the important factor which holds key is the synchronization between Central Government and the State Government and their agencies. The existing law under the Electricity Act, 2003 to promote renewable energy, more importantly the solar energy seems to have limited scope, so requirement for Renewable Energy Act is the need of the hour. It is to be noted that”The Renewable Energy Sources Act, 2000″ and subsequent amendments (2014) have been quite rewarding for renewable growth in Germany. Therefore, for a massive scale up of solar power there is a very strong case for early enactment of the Renewable Energy Act in India.