Will achieve the goal of 175 Gigawatts of Renewable Energy by 2022: Minister

NEW DELHI: The new minister of renewable energy, R K Singh, voiced Thursday’s belief that the government will not only achieve the goal of installing 175 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2022, but will also cross the milestone.
He told Lok Sabhi that up to now the total renewable capacity of 33.47 GW has been installed in the country during the last three years and the current year until May 31.
The government has set the goal by 2022 to install 175 GW of connected renewable energy sources from various renewable energy sources.
This includes 100 GW of solar, 60 GW of wind, 10 GW from bio-energy and 5 GW from small hydropower plants.
“By 2022, we will not only achieve the goal, but we will cross it,” said Sing, while answering the question during the hour for questions.
He said that the installed capacity was 3.58 lakh MW.
Mr. Singh added that India is moving very fast in adding renewable energy sources.
He also said that in the next 15-20 days a scheme for farmers will be launched where they can build solar panels of 2 MW for electricity production that the government will buy.
Through this, he said, farmers can earn up to Rs. one light year.
“In the next 15-20 days, we will come out with this scheme, which will be very useful for farmers,” he said.
As for the additional issue, he said there would be a system that farmers who do not have capital can give land to developers to install a solar power plant of 2 MW on their own country.
Speaking of Bihar, the minister said he wrote several letters to the state government asking for proposals for setting up solar parks, but did not receive any response.
“There are plenty of land in Bihar to set up these parks … There is a shortage of electricity in Bihar and they need their strength,” he said.
Asked about the Suryamitra Skills Development Program, which was launched in 2015, the House informed the House that it aims to train 50,000 Suryamitras, including the state of Bihar, by 2020.
“So far, 31,500 people have been trained and we will increase that number in Bihar,” said Mr. Singh.
The program is designed to develop a qualified and employable workforce (Suryamitras) to perform various tasks related to the installation, commissioning and operation and maintenance of solar PV systems.
The entire financial support for the Suryamitra skills development program is provided by the Ministry, which includes fees for accommodation, accommodation and residence fees, and an assessment fee.
A total of 31,092 Suryamitras were trained by March 31, including 1139 Suryamitras in Bihar.

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