More green energy should power India, says PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today stated that Green energy like solar power would power India as 175 gigawatt (GW) of electricity is expected to be generated from renewable sources.

The government is working towards meeting 40 per cent of the country’s energy needs from renewable sources like solar and wind by 2030,” said Modi at a public function in the Palace Grounds here.

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He was addressing several thousands of people at the grounds, who had gathered for a mass recital of Soundarya Lahari, a set of shlokas (verses) composed by eighth century Indian philosopher Adi Shankaracharya.

Modi said over Rs 11,000 crore were spent by the current Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the renewable energy sector in the past three years, against a mere Rs 4,000 crore by the Congress-led UPA.

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India is capable of generating a total 750 GW of energy if it puts all of its resources to work, Modi said, adding: “We need to work towards that.” He said people could save hugely through over 27 crore LED bulbs distributed to households across the country as part of the Ujala scheme.”