India is a tropical nation, where daylight is available for longer hours per day and in great intensity. Thus, solar energy in India has a huge potential as a future energy source. The country also has the advantage of allowing the decentralized distribution of energy, thereby empowering people at the grassroots level.
In light of this vision, a National Solar Mission was launched by the then Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh on 11 January 2010. The Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) aims to achieve 20 GW solar capacity by the year 2022. Under Prime Minister Modi’s regime, the target was increased from 20 GW to 100 GW by 2022 in the 2015 Union Budget of India
It is to be noted that the original target of 20,000 MW was surpassed in the year 2018, ahead of its 2022 deadline.
About Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM)
1- Objective: To establish India as a global leader in solar energy.
2- Mission: The Government of India launched the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) to achieve 20 GW solar capacity by the year 2022 in three phases. However, on 1 July 2015, the Government revised the target from 20 GW to 100 GW by the year 2022.