As readers of Panchabuta are well aware, one of the eight National Missions outlined in National Action Plan on Climate Change, the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) specifically focuses on solar energy and its role in minimizing future emissions. The Government has launched JNNSM in January, 2010 with a target of 20,000 MW grid solar power (based on solar thermal power generating systems and solar photovoltaic (SPV) technologies), 2000 MW of off-grid capacity including 20 million solar lighting systems and 20 million sq.m. solar thermal collector area by 2022. The Mission will be implemented in three phases. The first phase will be of three years (upto March, 2013), the second till March 2017 and the third phase will continue till March, 2022.
Indian solar market has benefited from an amended RPO and other financial support. Interestingly, India scores better than China and Germany in the solar index only behind USA standing second.
A number of international reports that have started saying that “India the top target for being the new Germany for Solar“.
Given the momentum, it is not surprising that Michael Splinter, President and CEO of Applied Materials has said that India will see next wave of solar cell production. With the domestic content requirement , there is no doubt that the manufacturing capacities in our country will have to be scaled up rather quickly.