India is poised to play a central role in the global push for solar energy to power the countrys vast industrial and transportation sectors, a government official said on Thursday.
The government is likely to make the announcement at the World Solar Energy Conference in Paris on March 6, said B.K. Venugopal, the secretary for environment and climate change.
The announcement will come on the eve of the opening of the country’s solar power park, he added.
The announcement would be a “big step” in India’s solar development and expansion, Venugpal told a news briefing.
“We are likely to announce our first big project,” he said.
India is set to announce an “Asia’s Largest Solar Power Project” at the world’s largest energy conference in Paris in March, a top government official told NDTV on Thursday (March 6).
The government official, who did not want to be named, said the government will make the announcements at the COP20 climate talks in Paris.
India has already committed to building 500 megawatts (MW) of solar power capacity by 2022, and aims to expand the solar capacity to 600 MW by 2022.
The solar power will come from renewable sources, like wind and solar thermal.
The countrys renewable energy target for 2030 is 100 GW.
India’s solar projects have been stalled in the last two years as India’s government failed to secure the financing for its ambitious solar thermal power plants.
The World Solar Investment Conference (WSIC) is the global solar industry’s biggest and most ambitious event, and takes place annually in the French city of Nice.
Venuugopal said the event will be a landmark for India, where the government plans to introduce a national renewable energy policy.
“We are keen to announce the solar project,” Venugapol said.
“It will be the largest solar project in India.
The government will be very keen to make it happen.”
The announcement comes at a time when solar energy is a growing trend in India and other countries.
Last year, India became the first country in the world to have more than 100 gigawatts of solar energy installed.
India currently has more than 20 GW of solar capacity installed, including about 200 MW of solar thermal capacity.
The country’s energy consumption is expected to double over the next decade, to 2,700 TWh (15 GW) from 1,800 TWh.