Government is considering reclassifying large hydro power plants as renewable projects, Power Minster Piyush Goyal said today, adding that it can help India achieve clean power capacity of 225 GW by 2022.
Removing the distinction between small project (up to 25 MW) and large hydro project can help India projecting that its installed renewable energy capacity would be 225 GW by 2022. Of the 305 GW installed power generation capacity, 43 GW comes from large hydro projects (above 25 MW) and 44.23 GW from other renewable power generation capacities. India has set an ambitious target of adding 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022 which includes 100 GW of solar, 60 GW from wind, 10 GW from bio-power and 5 GW from small hydro-power (up to 25 MW capacity each). “Why should I have two distinctions. There are 3-4 countries which have this distinction,” Goyal said addressing a conference on sustainability here.