On January 9th The New York Times ran an article on the scale of ambition in India related to the growth of the photovoltaic generation industry.
The article reports that in the last five months, five Indian states have announced plans to bring giant amounts of solar power online within five years, including 1,000 megawatts in Andhra Pradesh, 350 megawatts in Rajasthan, 800 megawatts in Madhya Pradesh, 1,000 megawatts in Chhatisgarh and a whopping 3,000 megawatts in Tamil Nadu.
By comparison, the entire nation of India currently has just over 1,000 megawatts of solar power, and California, the leader in solar power in the United States, has around 2,000. India has more than 300 sunny days a year and much of the nation lies near the equator — ideal conditions, geographically speaking, for harnessing solar power.
And with the central government having a goal of producing 22 gigawatts of solar power by 2022 India’s burgeoning solar generation industry represents a huge opportunity for all stakeholders.
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