India's 100GW of solar by 2022: Pragmatism or Targetitis?

Publication Type:

Journal Articles


Economic and Political Weekly, Issue 50, p.pp. 10-14. (2015)



<p>The Government of India’s target of 100 <span data-scayt_word="gigawatts" data-scaytid="1">gigawatts</span> of solar power by 2022 <span data-scayt_word="refl" data-scaytid="2">refl</span> <span data-scayt_word="ects" data-scaytid="3">ects</span> two perspectives. One, it embodies a practical need and urgency for solar energy from climate and energy security points of view. The other perspective, however, is that it shows the typical tendency of government authorities to draw up overly ambitious targets and be in a perennial promise mode. While examining the feasibility of this target, this article raises key concerns and offers suggestions on the appropriate land procurement and rooftop policies, as well as manufacturing strategies that need to be drawn up.</p>