ADB RELEASES $150 MILLION FOR INDIA RENEWABLE ENERGY
February 28, 2015
Asian Development Bank is set to release $150 million loans to India’s Rajasthan state government to finance a transmission network dedicated to carrying the electricity generated from solar and wind power. This is only a part of a $500 million loan deal for Rajasthan’s transmission network project, and the state government will contribute $127 million. And this is only a part of India’s ambitious steps in renewable energy. India aims to change arid areas in the country to large scale of wind and solar power with installed capacity up to 4,000 MW. In addition, India established renewable purchase obligation requiring each state a minimum percentage of electricity to come from renewable energy. However, the solar and wind power resources are imbalanced in states of India and about half of India’s power capacity located in the two states Rajasthan and Gujarat. This makes the transmission network sending surplus electricity to other states crucial.