The country may have other challenges but it is blessed with plenty of sunshine and solar energy is making India confident about getting 60% of its energy needs from non-fossil fuels by 2027. Says The Guardian about recent solar energy progress
“At a reverse auction in Rajasthan on Tuesday, power companies Phelan Energyand Avaada Power each offered to charge 2.62 rupees per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity generated from solar panels they hope to build at an energy park in the desert state. Last year’s previous record lowest bid was 4.34 rupees per kWh .
Analysts called the 40% price drop “world historic” and said it was driven by cheaper finance and growing investor confidence in India’s pledge to dramatically increase its renewable energy capacity.”
It is also leading to ambitious plans for electric vehicles to combat growing smog in its larger cities like in Delhi in picture below.
From The Independent:
“We are going to introduce electric vehicles in a very big way," coal and mines minister Piyush Goyal said at the Confederation of Indian Industry Annual Session 2017 in New Delhi. “"We are going to make electric vehicles self-sufficient... The idea is that by 2030, not a single petrol or diesel car should be sold in the country.”