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India meets COP21 target: Non-fossil fuel forms 40% of total installed electricity capacity

India has achieved the target of having 40 percent of its overall installed electricity capacity comprise of non-fossil energy sources ahead of the deadline
India meets COP21 target: Non-fossil fuel forms 40% of total installed electricity capacity
India meets COP21 target: Non-fossil fuel forms 40% of total installed electricity capacity
  • India’s installed Renewable Energy (RE) capacity today stands at 150.05 GW
  • The total non-fossil based installed energy capacity is 156.83 GW

New Delhi: India has achieved the target of having 40 percent of its overall installed electricity capacity comprise of non-fossil energy sources ahead of the deadline. In an official statement released on Thursday, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) said, “At COP 21, as part of its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), India had committed to achieving 40 percent of its installed electricity capacity from non-fossil energy sources by 2030. The country has achieved this target in November 2021 itself.” 

India’s total installed RE capacity stands at 150.05 GW

India’s installed Renewable Energy (RE) capacity today stands at 150.05 GW, while its nuclear energy based installed electricity capacity stands at 6.78 GW. This brings the total non-fossil based installed energy capacity to 156.83 GW, which is 40.1 percent of the total installed electricity capacity of 390.8 GW. “In line with the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s announcement at the recently concluded CoP26, the Government is committed to achieving 500 GW of installed electricity capacity from non-fossil fuel sources by the year 2030,” said the ministry.

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The news a month after India committed to cut net carbon emissions to zero by 2070 at the COP26 Summit in Glasgow. At the summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also pledged to meet half of the country’s electricity requirement from renewable energy (RE) sources by 2030. According to the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), by 2030, India’s power requirement would be at 817 GW, more than half of which would comprise of clean energy, with solar energy capacities at 280 GW.

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