National solar mission
Brief introduction to the National Solar Mission in India. Contains information about the original target. The targets have been revised recently.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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NATIONAL SOLAR MISSION
The objective of the National Solar Mission is to establish India as a global leader in solar
energy, by creating favourable policy conditions for its diffusion across the country as
quickly as possible.
The various mission targets are listed below.
To create an enabling policy framework for the deployment of 20,000 MW of solar
power by 2022.
To ramp up capacity of grid-connected solar power generation to 1000 MW within
three years – by 2013; an additional 3000 MW by 2017 through the mandatory use of
the renewable purchase obligation (RPO) by utilities backed with a preferential tariff.
This capacity can be more than doubled – reaching 10,000 MW installed power by
2017 or more, based on the enhanced and enabled international finance and
technology transfer. The ambitious target for 2022 of 20,000 MW or more, will be
dependent on the ‘learning’ of the first two phases, which if successful, could lead to
conditions of grid-competitive solar power. The transition could be appropriately up
scaled, based on availability of international finance and technology.
To create favourable conditions for solar manufacturing capability, particularly solar
thermal for indigenous production and market leadership.
To promote programmes for off grid applications, reaching 1000 MW by 2017 and
2000 MW by 2022.
To achieve 15 million sq. meters solar thermal collector area by 2017 and 20 million
To deploy 20 million solar lighting systems for rural areas by 2022.
Proposed road map for the National Solar Mission
The aspiration is to ensure large scale deployment of solar generated power for grid
connected as well as distributed and decentralized off-grid provision for commercial energy
services. The deployment across the application segments is envisaged as follows.