Do You Know of India’s success with Renewable Energy?#WATWB

We are the World BlogfestWe are the World Blogfest is here with its tenth edition, and the very first of 2018!

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WATWBThe co-hosts for the January 2018 WATWB are: Shilpa Garg, Simon Falk, Lynn Hallbrooks, Eric Lahti, Guilie Castillo, and yours truly. Please go visit all your hardworking co-hosts!

In the spirit of “In Darkness, Be Light,” I’d like to share the #WATWB story of renewable energy in India. In a world where mankind is doing all it can to destroy the planet due to its uncontrolled greed, here’s a spark of good news in the renewable energy sector in India:

With the coming of the new year comes the good news that India’s installed capacity in renewable electricity crossed 62 GW in November 2017 in an overall electricity portfolio of 333 GW, thus representing nearly 19 per cent of the total. The 62 GW number includes 16.6 GW of solar and 32.7 GW wind, with small hydropower and biopower making up the rest.

In India it is now cheaper to produce electricity through solar power than coal. In a developing country with a population explosion, that is indeed a triumph. Challenges remain, but it is clear that solar energy is a feasible, endless, environment-friendly source of energy.

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  1. hilarycustancegreen

    I’m thrilled about the renewable energy news in India, and I shall remember to tell friends. It is fantastic that solar power is now cheaper than coal, because this is the only spur that some business men/women understand and time is short.

  2. macjam47

    Great news for India. Progress is always slower than we’d like it to be, but India is definitely on a positive track.

  3. simonfalk28

    Solar power generation works really well in my country of Australia too, Damyanti. I was thrilled to discover that the building I now live and work in uses solar power. It’s pleasing to see that our brothers and sisters in India are growing in their adoption of solar power. Another moment of affinity between our nations. I relish news of people accessing renewable and mixed energy sources, just as I relish this blogfest and your posts. Thank you.

  4. Shilpa Garg

    That’s such an encouraging and good news. Thanks for sharing, Damyanti 🙂

  5. pjlazos

    Yay for India! Let’s hope the forward thinking continues. Sadly, here in the U.S., our illustrious president has slapped a tariff on solar panels. He can’t seem to stop living in the Stone Age.

  6. BellyBytes

    My parents have invested Ina solar energy panel that is generating solar energy. But sadly due to the ineptitude of the electricity board they are neither getting any benefit by a lower electricity bill nor are they able to share their electricity on the grid . They’ve made countless trips to the board , spoken to all the people that needed to be spoken to, offered to pay ease money but to no avail.
    I’m afraid unless all the stakeholders are on board renewable energy in India will remain another unfulfilled dream .

  7. John Maberry

    We live in sunny New Mexico in a very green home–with passive and active solar. The latter for gates, water pump, electric fence and most importantly–tied to the electric grid for co-generation.

  8. Abhijit Bangal

    How much is India really saving with renewable energy and how much is the middle east losing due to that? Several countries are now going green, which is the need of the hour, though.

  9. Guilie Castillo

    This is a success indeed! Way to go, India! With the rapid fading of the US as a world leader, in everything from human rights to science and forward thinking to the development and encouragement of clean, renewable energy and sustainable practices, it’s become more important than ever for other countries to take the lead. India certainly has the capability and the potential, and enough (more than enough) challenges to keep the flame of progress burning hot. We should all be watching developments there closely… I believe we’ll see quite a few surprises, positive surprises, in the near future.

    Thanks for sharing this, D… Not only inspiring, but hugely relevant. Happy weekend, my friend!
    Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

  10. datmama4

    That’s really good news! The area where I live doesn’t have enough sunny days to make solar power affordable right now, or practical, which is a shame. Glad India is able to make this work!

  11. claire o'sullivan

    Good article. We all need to look at these things all countries need to live up to, as well as poverty. I look at India, and they have the highest poverty rate in the world. Of 1.4 billion in population, 262 million make $1.90/day ~ or less. They are addressing the environment, which is good, but here: https://www.mapsofindia.com/my-india/india/environmental-issues-in-india-today. Here is one article on the poor: http://www.ifitweremyhome.com/compare/US/IN .

    Of the 1.8 billion in China, it’s not much better: https://www.realclearworld.com/articles/2016/09/16/china_is_still_really_poor_112050.html and their pollution problem is EEEEEK https://www.livescience.com/27862-china-environmental-problems.html BAD, VERY BAD. You have to wear masks when you go to work in the cities.

    We definitely have our issues. Lots of them, including environment and population. Russia remains pretty silent on their activity. Brazil’s AQI is worse than LA as is their poverty rate @28%

    North Korea has a population of ~ 25 million, 50% (or more) under the poverty level. South Korea is ~51 million with a poverty rate of 15%.

    A LOT of people in the US live below the poverty line as well. We have a whopping 45 million out of 311 million in 2016, that’s 12%

    Israel in the Jewish quarters has an AQI of 16, whereas Palestine doesn’t report theirs. It is thought to be 50, but that’s unsubstantiated. Israel – throughout has almost free education, universal healthcare for all, with a tax rate equivalent to our current policy. The very poor pay nothing. The poverty rate is skewed and I am not 100% certain that I trust numbers with Bill Gate’s picture at the top..

    I could go on, (28% in Iraq, 55% in Iran, but the point I am making here is the higher the poverty rate contributes to pollution everywhere. India’s wealthy attending university are among the best doctors , scientists, inventors, so it doesn’t surprise me that they have come up with some great technology.

    There will always be poor. There will always be pollution. By innovation throughout Europe, India, the US, we can make a difference, better than what we have now. In Norway, they’ve created ‘trees’ with small windmills where one can power four homes! cool! In China, they are beginning to create or add tower high gardens and plants, called living structures. Good stride!

    Being in extreme poverty causes the inability to recycle, use innovative (much less afford) technology that helps the planet. It’s complex. I hope that things improve worldwide, because humanity cannot survive, and I agree, the earth will eventually cleanse itself from us.

  12. hilarymb

    Hi Damyanti – it’s great we’re exploring more ways of obtaining our energy and these smaller component parts for the rural areas must make life so much easier … giving the community light, heat and power … well done to India – cheers and thanks for telling us – Hilary

  13. Susan Scott

    That is soooo encouraging! (not so for those who still like coal and see their fat cat profits declining ..) great post Damyanti!

  14. Ally Bean

    “In India it is now cheaper to produce electricity through solar power than coal.”

    That is amazingly good news. If only the idea and technology to make it so would catch on everywhere in the world. Great story for #WATWB.

  15. Leigh W. Smith

    India is emerging as such a leader in so many fields, and I’m glad to see renewable energy is one of the jewels in their growing crown. (Not to be a downer, but I think the U.S. needs to take a page from India and China in regard to renewables and getting away from coal especially. Trump just set up a huge tariff on solar energy imports, which is going to really slow solar energy here, sadly.) In any case, keep the good news coming, Damyanti. It does help!