Falling PV panel prices led to notable year-on-year falls in the cost of developing solar plants around the world. India led the way with PV projects costing a weighted average of just $793/kW of capacity installed in 2018. Costs in China dipped to $879/kW last year, while solar projects in US and Australia cost $1,500.
The private-sector integrated power company will cease to build new coal-fired capacity. Instead, it eyes 70% of new capacity additions coming from solar, wind and hydro through to year 2025.
By 2050, energy use for cooling is projected to triple. Also by 2050, demand for cooling in countries such as India, China, Brazil, and Indonesia will grow fivefold, putting pressure on already strained energy systems and hampering efforts to curb climate change.
The Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, and Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (Vinnova) have created funding mechanisms through which companies may seek support for joint R&D projects. The projects should aim to develop renewable, energy storage and waste management technologies that can be commercialized over two years through joint cooperation between India and Sweden.
Given the existing trajectory of wind, solar and other renewable sources, India will reach 144 GW renewable energy capacity by FY2021-22—not far from the aspirational 175 GW target set back in 2015. This places India on track for exceeding its 275 GW target in 2027.
Narendra Modi’s BJP party is seeking re-election with the aim of ensuring the electrification of all railways by 2022 and turning renewable energy into a popular movement with steps including an emphasis on solar farming. Even if the elections spring a surprise, however, the renewable momentum is unlikely to slow as no government can afford to roll back the clean power tide.
Themed around “Right to Energy,” the 4th TILA International Conference on Energy (TICE 4) held recently in New Delhi aimed to accelerate the pace of energy revolution through intensive deliberations and concerted initiatives among countries. Well attended by over 400 delegates, the international event highlighted that energy is going to be the next big revolution after telecom.
Asia is home to more than 60% of the world’s population, about half of whom live in cities and towns. With climate change being largely driven by urban centers, Vice President Naidu called upon governments across the continent to build climate resilient communities.
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