The project awarded by the Climate Works Foundation, USA looked at the pathways for achieving the NAPCC target of 15% RE by 2020. The main objective of the project was to see how the national RE target specified in the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) can be achieved – not whether it can be achieved – by contextualizing the ambitious target with practical implementation goals that would be needed and identifying specific barriers to integration of the proposed capacity.

To contextualize the NAPCC target of 15% RE, by 2020, different RE capacity addition scenarios were considered, keeping in mind the availability and commercial potential of each RE resource in India. For each of these scenarios, the state level technology-wise RE integration targets were estimated with an interim target of meeting the national RPO of 12% and 15% renewable energy by 2017 and 2020, respectively. The study also prepared a detailed roadmap highlighting key policy, regulatory and technology interventions to support the 12% and the 15% RPO target.

The report helped in better understanding of the feasibility of the 15% NAPCC target by contextualizing capacity requirements across different states having different renewable resource potential. The findings emerging from the study helped in better understanding of the key challenges and in optimizing the target-setting process across different states.

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