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India to reveal 2020 solar target in September

Emerging giant to add an ambitious 20GW to grid

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India is planning a US $19 billion move away from its reliance of dirty coal.
India is planning a US $19 billion move away from its reliance of dirty coal.

India will launch an ambitious plan to boost solar power output from near zero to 20GW by 2020, amounting to one-eighth of the country’s current installed base.

Full details of the target could be revealed as soon as September, if the ‘National Solar Mission’ is formally adopted by India’s legislature.

If fully implemented, the plan would involve the creation of a solar power authority that would make it mandatory for all states to buy some nuclear power, according to a draft outline that had been obtained by Reuters.

According to the news agency, the move is part of a US $19 billion, 30-year scheme to wean India off its heavy reliance on dirty coal and assuage the power deficit that is hurting the country’s growth.

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