LEDS GP webinar: Pioneering and scaling up solar energy in India
Time: 3pm – 4pm Indian Standard Time (IST)
Date: Tuesday 21st June
This webinar presents Gujarat State’s leadership in pioneering and scaling up solar energy in India, illustrating how subnational governments can proactively lead and inform national policy to raise ambitions for more aggressive greenhouse gas mitigation commitments.
“I saw more than glittering panels—I saw the future of India and the future of our world. I saw India’s bright creativity, ingenuity and cutting edge technology.” – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during inauguration of a new canal-top solar energy plant in Vadodara, Gujarat
The 2009 Solar Power policy of Gujarat was the first comprehensive solar policy in India. The robust policy framework, financing mechanism, and incentives contributed to creating an enabling green investment climate in the state and led to ambitious targets for grid connected solar power.
The Jewaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission was established in 2010, when the capacity of grid connected solar power in India was 20 MW. This effort helped to align state and national initiatives and has led to major successes in solar power deployment at both state and national levels.
By 2013, India had an installed total of 1,440 MW of solar, and impressively over 1,000 MW of this had been installed in Gujarat.
The experience of Gujarat state shows how subnational governments can proactively lead and inform national policy and raise national government ambitions for more aggressive greenhouse gas mitigation commitments.
Today, India has over 5,500 MW of installed solar energy.
Dr. Minal Pathak and Mr. Patil will be presenting the recent case study on Gujarat State’s leadership in pioneering and scaling up solar energy in India.