India hails ‘milestone’ for its renewables capacity, but challenges remain

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Solar panels in the Indian state of Karnataka.Jonas Gratzer | LightRocket | Getty ImagesThe Indian government has said that the country's installed renewable energy capacity had "crossed the milestone" of 100 gigawatts. In a tweet Thursday, R. K. Singh, India's minister of power, described the news as "another landmark day" in the history of the country's power sector.The figure, which excludes large hydro, represents the latest development in India's attempt to hit 450 GW of renewable capacity — which refers to the maximum amount installations can produce, not necessarily what they are currently generating — by the year 2030.Alongside this goal, India has said it wants to reach 175 GW of renewable capacity by the year 2022, a major challenge given the significant expansion that's still required.Indeed, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government is keen to highlight India's progress when it comes to increasing renewable energy capacity, the country has work to do when
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