29 Oct '13, 8pm

Next India Solar Leader, Madhya Pradesh, Aims For 1,400 MW Of Solar By 2015

You don’t mention coal, the reason this happening so fast. The liberalization policy of the last decade left Coal India alone, so it’s a Fabian-socialist nationalised monolith and as inefficient as you’d expect, regularly missing its production targets. The official energy plan in India is still to build tens of GW of new coal plants. However Indian politicians have realised that there is no way Coal India can supply them. While Indonesia and Australia would be glad to step in, the price is too high for the cheap electricity Indian voters expect. India is a democracy, and power cuts lose votes – India had the all-time world record one in July 2012, affecting 620 million people (!). Indian politicians are embracing renewables because they can provide power, even unreliably, before the next election.

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2013/10/29/india-solar-madhya-pr...

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