Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission
Mission : Objectives and Targets
What is the objective of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission?
Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission is aimed at reducing the cost of solar power generation in the country through (i) long term policy; (ii) large scale deployment goals; (iii) aggressive R&D; and (iv) domestic production of critical raw materials, components and products. As a result achieve grid tariff parity by 2022. Mission will create an enabling policy framework to achieve this objective and make India a global leader in solar energy.
What are the targets of the Mission for 2022?
The Mission will aim at setting up of 20,000 MW grid solar power and 2,000 MW of off-grid solar power including 20 million solar lights by 2022. In addition, it aims at installation of 20 million square metre solar thermal collector area by 2022. The mission will be implemented in three phases. The first phase of three years spanning the remaining period of the 11th Plan and first year of the 12th Plan (up to 2012-13), Phase 2 comprising of the remaining 4 years of the 12th Plan (2013-17) and Phase 3 synchronous with the 13th Plan (2017-22). The implementation of the second and third phase would depend on the success of the implementation of the first phase.
To achieve this, the Mission will create favourable conditions for expanding solar manufacturing capability in the country.
What are the targets for the first phase of the Mission?
Government has approved the implementation of the first phase of the Mission (up to 2013) and the target to set up 1,100 MW grid connected solar plants including 100 MW of roof top and small solar plants and 200 MW capacity equivalent off-grid solar applications in the first phase of the Mission, till 2012-13.
The first phase will also focus on consolidation of the on-going efforts on harnessing the solar energy applications like water heaters and solar lights; on promoting...