The World institute of Sustainable Energy (WISE) is a not-for-profit institute established in 2004 in Pune, India, committed to the cause of promoting sustainable energy and sustainable development, with specific emphasis on issues related to renewable energy, energy security, energy efficiency, and climate change. In an exclusive interview with Electrical India, G. M. Pillai, I.A.S., Founder Director General, WISE (Pune), is detailing their activities to PK Chatterjee. Excerpts…

Do you think now India is harnessing Renewable Energy (RE) at right pace?

The present Central Government has announced a massive increase in RE targets – 175 GW by 2022 and 40% of electricity from RE by 2030. That is a great step in the right direction. Against this, our current achievement is 42 GW, as on 31st March 2016. In order to achieve the new targets, many actions e.g., payment security to generating companies, technology upgradation, establishing a robust solar manufacturing sector, low interest debt to RE projects, uniform and forward looking RE policies across states etc., need to be put in place.