India has approved the second phase of its programme to hit 40GW of grid-connected rooftop solar by 2022 and announced INR118 billion (~US$1.656 billion) in central government subsidies to support residential solar systems and incentivise distribution companies (Discoms).
The recent announcement from India’s Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) to approve a 12GW solar scheme for central public sector undertakings (CPSUs) – crucially mandating the use of domestically sourced solar cells and modules – represents the first key step towards India finally creating a route to stimulate multi-GW expansions for new cell and module facilities.
Pakistan’s attempt to support manufacturing of solar and wind energy components through a five-year tax exemption is not enough and more incentives are needed to encourage such investments in the south Asian nation, according to the director of a local firm that is planning to set up its own domestic solar module assembly production facility.
A tax break aims to spur manufacturing at home—but companies say obstacles remain.
The Indian government has reiterated its commitment to auction large volumes of solar and wind energy capacity in order to achieve the target of 100 gigawatts (GW) solar and 60GW of wind energy capacity operational by March 31, 2022.
The project aims to clean up the city's air, cut carbon emissions, and improve public transport for struggling commuters.
India plans to tender 30GW of solar in each of the next two years to give developers time to complete projects ahead of the flagship 2022 targets.
Read more: https://www.irena.org/publications/2018/Apr/Renewables-Readiness-Assessment-Pakistan
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