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30000 MW of renewable energy capacity addition planned in India’s 12th Plan

According to reports, India is expected see renewable energy capacity addition of 30,000 MW, with significant contribution from wind power, over the next five years.

“At the end of the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17), the country is expected to have a total renewable energy generation capacity of 55,000 MW,” Joint Secretary in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Tarun Kapoor said here today.

India has a renewables generation capacity of about 25,000 MW, he said at a conference on the power sector.

Of the projected 30,000 MW capacity addition, around 15,000 MW would be from wind power.

According to him, there are also certain issues such as the financial health of power distribution companies (discoms) and availability of transmission lines for renewable energy projects.

Amid a severe power shortage in the country there is increased focus on generating electricity from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydro to bring down the demand supply gap.

Currently India has an installed power generation capacity of little over 2 lakh MW.

The conference was organised by the International Trade and Exhibitions India Ltd and ITE Group Plc.

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