renewables in india
India plans nearly 60% of electricity capacity from non-fossil fuels by 2027
Expansion of solar and wind power will help exceed Paris targets by almost half and negate need for new coal-fired power stations
By Michael Safi

The Indian government has forecast that it will exceed the renewable energy targets set in Paris last year by nearly half and three years ahead of schedule.
India's double first in climate battle
India opens two world-leading clean energy projects - the world's biggest solar farm and a chemicals plant using CO2 to make baking soda.

Two world-leading clean energy projects have opened in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

An industrial plant is capturing the CO2 emissions from a coal boiler and using the CO2 to make valuable chemicals. It is a world first.

And just 100km away is the world’s biggest solar farm, making power for 150,000 homes on a 10 sq km site.

The industrial plant appears especially significant as it offers a breakthrough by capturing CO2 without subsidy.

Built at a chemical plant in the port city of Tuticorin, it is projected to save 60,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year by incorporating them into the chemical recipe for soda ash - otherwise known as baking powder.

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Liliana and Luisa Terán, two indigenous women from Chile, have transformed their entire community after training to become solar engineers in India. The two cousins have installed solar panels in 127 houses, providing families with much needed electricity.

“It was hard for people to accept what we learned in India,” said Liliana, a married mother of four. “At first they rejected it, because we’re women. But they gradually got excited, and now they respect us.”

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India wants to use solar power to light up every home by 2019

According to the BJP’s plans, party officials are hoping to harness enough solar power to light a lightbulb inside every home in India by 2019 — in the best case scenario, the panels would be able to generate enough power to run “two bulbs, a solar cooker and a television.”

“We look upon solar as having the potential to completely transform the way we look at the energy space,” Narendra Taneja, convener of the energy division at BJP, told Bloomberg.

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