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‘2022 – A Critical Year for Solar Energy’

[Wednesday, 22 June, 9-10 am]


Remarks by Ambassador T. S. Tirumurti

Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations



Excellencies, friends, 


Let me begin by welcoming everyone to today’s event on Solar Energy that India is co-hosting with the EU delegation to the UN. It is my pleasure to have with me here, my co-host, the head of the EU delegation, Ambassador Olof Skoog. A very special thanks to Ambassador Nicolas de Rivière, Permanent Representative of France and Ambassador Ilana Seid, Permanent Representative of Palau -for joining us in person at the Indian Mission.


2.    Apart from my colleagues here today, we have Director General of International Solar Alliance, Dr. Ajay Mathur and CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy, Ms. Damilola Ogunbiyi.




3.     India has a clear vision that sustainable growth is possible only through sustainable energy sources.  As announced at the COP26 in Glasgow by Prime Minister Modi, we are moving towards the target of non-fossil energy capacity of 500 GW. The share of renewable energy in the energy mix stands considerably enhanced to about 40%. We are also working on becoming a Green Hydrogen hub.


4.    India has over-achieved the 2022 targets for renewable energy. And this is in a large part thanks to our effective focus on solar energy. In less than 8 years, solar capacity has increased from around 2.6 GW to more than 46 GW. Solar park scheme has doubled from 20 GW to 40 GW. This has contributed in taking India to the 4th position globally for overall installed renewable energy capacity.


5.    In this year’s budget, around 2.5 billion USD has been announced just for high-efficiency solar module manufacturing. There is also a huge market for solar stoves, which is necessary for India’s clean-cooking movement. Our start-ups have been instrumental in carrying forward our solar ambitions. A successful experiment was done recently in Gujarat, with the installation of canal-top solar. Similar experiments are now being conducted elsewhere in the country. Architects and builders are also urged to work on the concept of solar tree in the construction of houses that could cater to 10-20 percent of the household’s electricity needs. 


6.    Efforts have also been made to make solar power more accessible. Solar power tariff has been reduced by more than 75% using plug and play model; and a record low solar tariff of less than 3 cents per unit has been achieved. 


7.    However challenges do remain. Along with energy production, energy storage and energy conservation are also important for sustainability; and we need to work together to find solutions to these issues. 


8.    International Solar Alliance was conceived as a joint effort by India and France. Last year in December, a resolution conferring Observer Status to the International Solar Alliance was adopted at the UN and we once again thank all member states. At COP26 in Glasgow, Prime Ministers of India and the United Kingdom launched the transnational grid initiative- the One Sun One World One Grid (OSOWOG). This is the first international network of global interconnected solar power grid which will combine large scale solar power stations, wind farms and grids with rooftop solar and community grids to ensure a reliable, resilient and affordable supply of clean energy for all.


9.     Friends, this is indeed a critical year for solar energy and we should do whatever we can to make this happen.  I, once again, thank you all for joining us and look forward to the presentations today.