Technology.am (Aug. 1, 2009) — It is stated that India receives 5,000 trillion kWh of energy from the sun, per day. Therefore, India’s ‘National Solar Mission’, plans to have India generating 200,000 MW of solar power by 2050, and 100,000 by 2030 according to an official document.
The plan calls for 20,000 MW by 2020. For the next 11 years there is a three-phase approach: 1-1.5 by 2012, 6-7 GW by 2017 and 20 GW by 2020.
The plan is for the addition of solar technology on approximately 3 million square meters of rooftop space from 2,000 – 3,000 government buildings, for the 2009-2012 phases.
Furthermore, India also plans to target non-governmental rooftops, vacant land, and buildings such as hospitals, and hotels for solar water heaters.
Another option mentioned is adding 20 million solar lights for residences, which could save one billion liters of kerosene per year by 2020.
Once implemented the plan could eliminate 42 million tons of CO2 emissions. The solar mission is part of the country’s overall climate change plan.