India Plans Solar Power Boost

22 November 2009 (Last Updated November 22nd, 2009 18:30)

The Indian Government has approved plans for a huge increase in the amount of electricity it generates from solar power. The $19bn (£12bn) three-phase plan aims to boost solar power output across the country from close to zero to 20GW by 2022. The government said it wants to

The Indian Government has approved plans for a huge increase in the amount of electricity it generates from solar power.

The $19bn (£12bn) three-phase plan aims to boost solar power output across the country from close to zero to 20GW by 2022.

The government said it wants to reduce India's dependence on coal and boost the export industry for solar power equipment.

Critics say solar power will supplement – and not replace – fossil fuels even under India's most ambitious plans, writes the BBC.