Tapping every ray of the sun: a roadmap for a significant role of solar in India

Power from solar energy contributed only 0.41% of overall power demand in India in 2013-14. A cumulative installed capacity (CIC) of 100 GW of solar power by 2021-22 would help scale up India’s solar capacity to 9% of total power demand. However, meeting such an ambitious goal would also mean a high compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) in solar capacity addition of 62.2% between now and 2021-22. This policy brief presents a roadmap for achieving India's ambitious target of 100 GW of cumulative installed capacity from solar. Some of the challenges addressed in this brief include return on investment, land acquisition, evacuation infrastructure, availability of finance, and ease of doing business.