Solar has many unique attributes which make it a preferred source of power, particularly in India, a densely populated country with a high energy deficit - where it can be rapidly deployed across most parts of the country, due to its modular nature and by virtue of it being environment friendly.
Manufacturing targets should be fixed before installation targets
Promotion of manufacturing is of utmost importance, and GoI hasn´t done enough for the same in the solar sector. However, the main reason for slow pick up in domestic manufacturing is the continued large scale import of solar modules. Unless imports are restricted, domestic manufacturing will not speed up.
A strategic need for India
According to estimates, India´s trade deficit stands at $140 billion. Whereas considering only energy imports, around $ 170 billion is a significant contributor to the deficit.
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