India Plans to Increase Renewable Energy Capacity to 175 GW

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced on Saturday India’s plans to increase its renewable energy generation capacity from 34 GW to 175 GW by 2022. The plans call for a combined capacity 100 GW of photovoltaic energy, 60 GW of wind power, 10 GW of biomass and 5 GW of hydro projects.

The goal seems ambitious: in early 2014, India had 249 gigawatts of installed electricity generation capacity, 59% of which came from coal-powered plants. However, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed a commitment to bring 24-hour access to electricity and clean water and an indoor toilet to every Indian household by the 75th anniversary of India’s independence in 2022. (About one-third of India’s rural population still lacks access to electricity.)