Tamil Nadu: the Indian state to become a global leader in clean energy

Source: BBC News

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India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu is poised to become a global leader in wind power, according to a new report. But first the state must overcome its addiction to coal, writes Nityanand Jayaraman.

The report – by the US-based Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis – predicts that by 2027, more than half of Tamil Nadu’s power will be generated by “zero emissions” technologies – notably solar and wind.

The state’s current capacity to generate wind power – 7.85 gigawatts (GW) – is already impressive considering it is higher than that of Denmark or Sweden. But the report estimates that it could double over the next decade, and that solar installations too could increase six-fold to reach 13.5GW.

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