Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission

Consequent to the announcement of the National Action Plan on Climate Change in June 2008, which identified development of solar energy technologies in the country as a National Mission,  the Government of India has approved “Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission” (JNNSM) which  aims at development and deployment of solar energy technologies in the country to achieve parity with  grid power tariff by 2022.

The Mission will adopt a 3-phase approach, spanning the remaining period of the 11th Plan and first year of the 12th Plan (up to 2012-13) as Phase 1, the remaining 4 years of the 12th Plan (2013-17) as Phase 2 and the 13th Plan (2017-22) as Phase 3.

To achieve this, the Mission targets are:

1) To create an enabling policy framework for the deployment of  20,000 MW of solar power by 2022.

2) 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 by utilities backed with a preferential tariff. This capacity can be more than doubled – reaching 10,000MW 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.

3) To create favourable conditions for solar manufacturing capability, particularly solar thermal for indigenous production and market leadership.

4) To promote programmes for off grid applications, reaching  2000 MW by 2022 including 20 million solar lighting systems.

5) To achieve 20 million sq. solar thermal collector area by 2022.

In addition, the Mission will support various activities, as considered necessary, on R&D, Human Resource Development, Technical Assistance, training, publicity and awareness etc. for successful implementation of the Mission

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