Namaste Moment Hits India As It Nears 2017 Clean Energy Goal

India increased its clean energy capacity by12.4 gigawatts over the past three years, which has edged it towards its goal of 30 gigawatts of clean energy power by 2017.

A laborer is seen working at a deisel powered crusher infont of a wind turbine. This is a 17.5 MW wind project, consisting of eighteen wind farm sites in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Karnataka. (image credit: Land Rover Our Planet/Flickr)

A laborer is seen working at a deisel powered crusher infont of a wind turbine. This is a 17.5 MW wind project, consisting of eighteen wind farm sites in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Karnataka. (image credit: Land Rover Our Planet/Flickr)

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy announced the progress on a statement on its website, which includes the following details:

  • The Indian state of Tamil Nadu installed the most clean energy capacity at 3.1 gigawatts, followed by Gujarat, a member of The Climate Group, at 2.4 gigawatts, thenMaharashtra and Karnataka.
  • Of the new clean energy that was generated over the past three years, wind power accounted for the most at 8.3 gigawatts.
  • Other leading sources of energy were 1.8 gigawatts of biomass, 1.2 gigawatts of solar and 1.1 gigawatts ofhydropower.

Aditi Dass, Director of Technology Programs, The Climate Group says: “Here is tangible proof that India is pushing hard to deliver on its clean energy targets. Last year the government announced a goal to reach 53,000 megawatts of generated clean power, more than doubling its capacity by 2017; this news shows we’re getting there.

“It is clear that both India’s government and businesses are aware of the huge clean revolution opportunity and are working together to charge ahead and keep the nation’s growth low carbon, to offer a better future for all.”

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