A recent study from the “2016 BP Energy Outlook Report” delved deep into how detrimental the effects of fossil fuel in India will have on the nation within the next 20 years. The report states that by 2035, India’s import on gas alone will expand by around 573 percent, excluding any use of pure oil or coal. The main causes of this enlargement of fossil fuels in India is mainly due to the astounding increase in their population and also due to the doubling of the GDP. Also, the increase in Carbon Dioxide present in the atmosphere has taken its toll on the climate and the health of the country’s citizens.
In order to solve this issue, not only making the country safer for it’s citizens, but also to help with finances, New Delhi plans to replace most of its coal energy facilities with “Asia’s largest solar power plant“. India hopes to gain 175 GW of renewable power, 100 GW of that being solar power. With the new goals set forward, president of new solar businesses at ReNew Power claims that the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks stating, “Especially for the 400 million Indians who have no access to electricity, solar power would mean access to clean and affordable energy”. So, not only will this hopeful enactment of the complete replacement of coal for solar energy be beneficial on a cost standpoint, but it will also spread to the far regions of the country, impacting families lives where power was once unreachable.
Along with helping connect rural or poor families with easy access to power, the enactment will also provide 675,000 jobs to local workers, giving jobs to those in need and helping stimulate the economy for the future growth of environmentally safe power sources.