India announces goal to double renewable energy to 55 GW by 2017 at 4th Clean Energy Ministerial

Indian PM Manmohan Singh opened the Clean Energy Ministerial
Indian PM Manmohan Singh opened the Clean Energy Ministerial

Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh announced that India will double its renewable energy capacity to 55 GW by 2017, at the opening of the Fourth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) in New Delhi on April 17th, 2013.

Dr. Singh also reiterated India's goal of installing 22 GW of on-grid and off-grid solar electric capacity by 2022 through the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission. Delegates from 23 participating nations attended the conference, at which a new International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standard for solar-powered light-emitting diode (LED) devices was unveiled.


Solar and Wind Working Group works on atlas, capacity building

The CEM operates through 13 working groups. The Solar and Wind Working Group initially focused on developing a Global Solar and Wind Atlas, and has presented a prototype.

The group has also taken on capacity-building projects, including initiating an online education and training platform for the wind and solar sectors, which has been implemented by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA, Abu Dhabi, UAE) and the Energy Efficiency Partnership.

The Solar and Wind Working Group is now taking on an analysis of the economic value created by the deployment of solar and wind energy. The group is also continuing its work on developing the global atlas.


New standard to align national standards

The IEC states that the new solar LED standard will allow governments to align their national standards with the new international standard and thus allow greater market expansion for quality-assured devices.

Arne Jacobsen, director of the Schatz Energy Research  Center at Humboldt State University (Arcata, California, US) served as technical lead for the team that drafted the new standard. The work was supported by the Italian and US governments.




2013-04-19 | Courtesy: Clean Energy Ministerial, Orime Minister's Office, India | © Heindl Server GmbH

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