India’s Solar Mission

Building-integrated solar cells help the employees at Hydro Building Systems’ energy-efficient headquarters in Bangalore, India, work uninterrupted—even during power outages. Image: CREATIVECOMMONS.ORG/LICENSES/BY-SA/2.0/LEGALCODE

I have been reading articles focusing on renewable energy in SOLAR TODAY with a keen interest over the past few months, and wanted to send you and your team a commendation on the great work. You bring a unique perspective on the future of sustainable development to your audience of international readers and followers.

India, as you must certainly be aware, has of late been under the lens of the international renewable energy industry as a result of the bold declarations made by our country’s top leadership to make India a global leader in the renewable energy space. The centerpiece of this affirmation is our nation’s intent to grow with a focus on sustainability and to capitalize on the abundant resources that nature provides us.

More than 300 million people in India live in darkness, and the publicly declared target is the installation of 100 gigawatts (GW) of solar power by the year 2022. This capacity addition will be built upon the installation base of less than 3 GW of solar power currently installed across India. The proclamation to achieve this highly ambitious target has been dubbed “India’s National Solar Mission.”

If India is to achieve the ambitious goal of adding 100 GW of solar power by 2022, it will need the exchange of ideas and experiences from around the world. In modern day communication, online media plays the crucial role of providing the required platform to facilitate this bidirectional flow of information.

For more information and a ground-level perspective on growing solar in India, see the articles at, which have also been published online in Renewable Energy World and CleanTechnica and in print by SolarQuarter and SunRator.

I am optimistic that—working with other like-minded solar supporters around the world—India’s dynamic and ever-evolving solar industry can contribute to the development of a cleaner, greener tomorrow for all our citizens.

Aditya Goel
Executive Director
Ornate Solar

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