Government’s thrust area will be renewable energy over next seven years: Goyal

By Rajesh Mishra

Mumbai, Mar.15 (ANI): Power and Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal has said that for the next six-and-a-half years, the NDA Government’s thrust will be in the areas of hydroelectricity and bio-fuels.

“Twenty five additional solar parks will be added in India,” he said at a seminar on renewable energy here during the ongoing Make in India Week event.

Declaring renewable energy to be the future of India, Goyal said India has set itself an ambitious target of generating 175 gigawatt of power by 2022 from renewable sources, includes 100 GW from solar, 60 GW from wind, 10 GW from biomass and 5 GW from small hydroelectric projects.

“Renewable energy is essential to fulfil the government’s aim to provide 24×7 power for all citizens by 2019,” he added.

India’s current wind power capacity is around 25 GW, and a solar power generation capacity of 5 GW.

“Our vision is to give extra thrust to bio-fuels. This sector will help reduce pollution, increase income of farmers and India can even become self-sufficient in petrol,” he said. (ANI)

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