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Into The Dark

India has made big strides in renewable energy in the last few years, but challenges are mounting as well.

The conferring of the UN's highest environmental honour, 'Champions of the Earth', on Prime Minister Narendra Modi early in October, was global recognition of India's extensive effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The citation specifically mentioned the International Solar Alliance (ISA) that India has set up jointly with France French President Emmanuel Macron was co winner for sunshine rich countries to work together to harness the resource, but India's overall achievement in renewable energy has also been impressive.

India set itself a target in 2014 to reach 175,000 MW of renewable energy capacity by 2022 100,000 MW of solar, 60,000 MW of wind and the rest comprising mini hydel and biomass plants. It has already raised its solar capacity from near zero in 2010, when the first phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission

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