The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has formulated a plan to increase the amount of power generated from renewable sources during the 12th Plan period. Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdulla, told that the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) has been initiated with a view to increase utilization of solar energy in India.
The 12th Plan proposals target a 29,800 MW grid-interactive and a 3267 MW off-grid power generation capacity addition from renewable energy sources besides deployment of 7 lakh biogas plants, 35 lakh cook stoves, 8.5 lakh solar cookers and 80.5 lakh solar thermal energy systems in India. Additionally, support will be stepped up for sector specific resource assessment and R&D activities.
Under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, 20,000 MW of grid-interactive solar power, 2000 MW off-grid applications, including 20 million solar lighting systems and 20 million sq. solar thermal collector area will be deployed and developed by 2022.
Abdullah also said that these systems are to be developed and put in place by respective state and district level authorities after taking into account their existing electricity demand, available supply options and resources and other local factors.