Solar Mission : Solar India
Dr. Manmohan Singh,
the Prime Minister of India, launched the Jawaharlal
Nehru National Solar Mission at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on
January 11, 2010. Excerpts from his speech:
“I am very happy to be here today to launch the highly
innovative Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar
Mission under the brand name “Solar
India”. This National Solar Mission has the pride
of place in India’s National Action Plan on Climate Change.
Its success has the potential of transforming India’s
energy prospects, and contributing also to national as well
as global efforts to combat climate change. This Mission is
one of the major priorities of the second term of our government
and I congratulate Dr. Abdullah
and my other colleagues particularly Shri
Shyam Saran, for the work they
have done in bringing this to fruition.
Increased use of solar energy is a central component of our
strategy to bring about a strategic shift from our current reliance
on fossil fuels to a pattern of sustainable growth based on
renewable and clean sources of energy. I sincerely hope that
this solar Mission will also establish India as a global leader
in solar energy, not just in terms of solar power generation
but also in solar manufacturing and generation of this technology.
The importance of this Mission is not just limited to providing
large-scale grid connected power. It has the potential to provide
significant multipliers in our efforts for transformation of
India’s rural economy. Already, in its decentralized and
distributed applications, solar energy is beginning to light
the lives of tens of millions of India’s energy-poor citizens.
The rapid spread of solar lighting systems, solar water pumps
and other solar power-based rural applications can change the
face of India’s rural economy. We intend to significantly
expand such applications through this Mission. As a result,
the movement for decentralized and disbursed industrialization
will acquire an added momentum, a momentum which has not been
The target of 20,000 MW of solar generating capacity by the
end of the 13th Five Year Plan is no doubt an ambitious target.
But I do sincerely believe that the target is doable and that
we should work single-mindedly to achieve it as a priority national
The carefully crafted regulatory and incentive framework that
has been unveiled today has several innovative features. We
expect that it will lead to a rapid scale up of capacity. This
will encourage technological innovation and generate economies
of scale, thereby leading to a steady lowering of costs. Once
parity with conventional power tariff is achieved, there will
be no technological or economic constraint to the rapid and
large-scale expansion of solar power thereafter.
Clearly, technological innovation will be a key factor in ensuring
the success of this Mission. We will need to find ways of reducing
the space intensity of current solar applications, including
through the use of nano-technology. Cost-effective and convenient
storage of solar energy beyond daylight hours will be critical
to its emergence as a mainstream source of power. In the meantime,
we may need to explore hybrid solutions, combining solar power
generation with gas, biomass or even coal-based power."
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