At long last (about 10 days beyond the expected date), the National Solar Mission is out. Details are still sketchy, but here’s what we know.
Targets of India’s solar mission:
* To create an enabling policy framework for the deployment of 20,000 MW of solar power by 2022.
* To ramp up capacity of grid-connected solar power generation to 1,000 MW by 2013; an additional 3,000 MW by 2017 through the mandatory use of the renewable purchase obligation by utilities backed with a preferential tariff.
* To create favourable conditions for solar manufacturing capability, particularly solar thermal for indigenous production and market leadership.
* To promote programmes for off grid applications, reaching 1,000 MW by 2017 and 2,000 MW by 2022.
* To achieve 15 million sq. metres solar thermal collector area by 2017 and 20 million by 2022.
* To deploy 20 million solar lighting systems for rural areas by 2022.
Will provide more updates on a future post asap.