Beehives or elephants? How should India drive its solar transformation?

Beyond Zero Emissions

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Bridge to India and Tata Solar Power, 2014

Today, India’s power mix is still dominated by coal, which makes up around 60% of installed capacity. Solar stands at just around 1%. With the National Solar Mission, launched in 2010, India defined an ambitious national goal of installing 20 GW of grid connected solar power by 2022. Since 2010, however, the fundamentals of energy supply in India have changed significantly. Solar was around seven times as expensive as coal to produce per kWh in 2010. This has changed to a factor of less than two.

This detailed and ground-breaking report maps out possible pathways for solar power in India and in particular compares it to the rising costs and other impacts of coal-fired generation.

Read the full report here