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Achieving India’s Ambitious Renewable Energy Goals: A Progress Report

As climate negotiators met in Bonn, Germany, Indian Energy Minister Shri Piyush Goyal offered a bold assertion about his country's role in implementing the Paris Agreement: "India stands committed to its commitments made at Paris irrespective of what happens in the rest of the world."

Goyal's remarks come before India takes part in next Monday's facilitative sharing of views in Bonn. During this session, select developing countries will discuss progress on climate action, aiming to increase transparency under the international framework. Developed countries such as the United States, Russia and Japan are participating in a similar but slightly more rigorous discussion, called a multilateral assessment," today and Saturday.

Progress Towards India's Renewable Energy Goals

In 2015, India announced an ambitious goal of to increasing renewable power capacity to 175 gigawatts (GW) by 2022, with 100 GW of solar, 60 GW of wind, 10 GW of bioenergy and 5 GW of small hydro. That would mean increasing renewable power capacity fivefold in seven years, making India a clean energy leader. India has also set year-on-year targets, which chart a roadmap to achieve the 2022 goal.

So how is India faring against its annual targets and progressing toward the 2022 goal?

Recently released preliminary capacity data for the last fiscal year offers clues about where India stands on meeting its ambitious goals. ( source: WRI)