India to build 30 gigawatts of renewable plants along western border
Land for renewable projects is a key challenge in India and the high cost of acquisition weighs on the price of electricity
India is considering building 30 GW of renewable energy capacity along a desert on its western border known for its sunny, windy and arid expanse. The projects, which will be spread across the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan, are part of efforts to expand the country’s renewable capacity and reduce the share of fossil fuels in its energy mix.
Land for renewable projects is a key challenge in India and the high cost of acquisition weighs on the price of electricity. The nation is increasingly looking at barren lands for building renewable projects so its energy goals don’t clash with its growing need for agricultural production.
Power minister RK Singh said that due this this reason, India plans to install 25 gigawatts of solar projects, combined with storage capacity, in the high-altitude region of Ladakh in the extreme north of the country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pledged to cut the emissions intensity of India’s gross domestic product by a third by 2030 from 2005 levels to fight climate change. India also recently announced a target to set up 450 gigawatts of renewable power generation capacity by 2030, while it works on a nearer-term goal of 175 gigawatts by 2022.