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India's 100GW of Solar by 2022

The Government of India's target of 100 gigawatts of solar power by 2022 reflects two perspectives. One, it embodies a practical need and urgency for solar energy from climate and energy security points of view. The other perspective, however, is that it shows the typical tendency of government authorities to draw up overly ambitious targets and be in a perennial promise mode. While examining the feasibility of this target, this article raises key concerns and offers suggestions on the appropriate land procurement and rooftop policies, as well as manufacturing strategies that need to be drawn up.

Solar Energy for Rural Electricity in India

The urban-rural divide in developing countries is reinforced by unequal distribution of resources and amenities. Energy as a resource and electricity as an amenity are no exceptions. In this context, this paper questions the relevance of promoting solar photovoltaic systems for lighting in rural areas. It asserts that the basic electricity needs of rural areas are no different from urban ones, and there is a willingness to pay for reliable supply of electricity. Studies show that solar PV's failure in villages is primarily due to glitches in maintenance, arising from lack of money, materials, and skilled humanpower. The answer would be to give these systems an urban focus, bringing in a more balanced use of solar energy for electrification.
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