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Where does India rank in renewable energy globally?

Last updated on: February 8, 2013 07:56 IST

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India has missed its power sector investment targets most years since 1951, with the consequence that its peak demand deficit is nearly 10 per cent (compared with the 10 per cent-20 per cent surplus typically maintained by mature energy economies). This in an economy where 40 per cent of the population is not connected to the grid, according to Ernst & Young.

Its been estimated that $400 billion of investment may be required in the Indian power sector in the next five years to provide improved grid infrastructure and an additional 76GW of capacity by 2017, according to India's new Five-Year Plan, it says.

Overlaid on this is a desire to have 15 per cent of its electricity (excluding large-scale hydro) from renewable sources by 2020, compared with a previous target of 6.4 per cent. This equates to an additional 30GW of renewables capacity in the next five years, compared with 23GW to date.

So, let's take a look at where India stands in renewable energy.

Source: Ernst & Young

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China

All renewables: 70.2

Wind index: 77

Onshore wind: 78

Offshore wind: 70

Solar index: 64

Infrastructure: 75

Global rank: 1

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The United States

All renewables: 66.0

Wind index: 64

Onshore wind: 66

Offshore wind: 55

Solar index: 71

Infrastructure: 60

Global rank: 2

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Germany

All renewables: 66.0

Wind index: 69

Onshore wind: 66

Offshore wind: 80

Solar index: 61

Infrastructure: 73

Global rank: 3

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India

All renewables: 64.1

Wind index: 64

Onshore wind: 70

Offshore wind: 41

Solar index: 66

Infrastructure: 65

Global rank: 4

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The United Kingdom

All renewables: 55.3

Wind index: 64

Onshore wind: 60

Offshore wind: 79

Solar index: 41

Infrastructure: 65

Global rank: 5

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France

All renewables: 55.2

Wind index: 57

Onshore wind: 58

Offshore wind: 53

Solar index: 52

Infrastructure: 55

Global rank: 6

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Italy

All renewables: 55.2

Wind index: 56

Onshore wind: 58

Offshore wind: 47

Solar index: 56

Infrastructure: 50

Global rank: 7

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Canada

All renewables: 53.4

Wind index: 63

Onshore wind: 66

Offshore wind: 46

Solar index: 40

Infrastructure: 66

Global rank: 8

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Japan

All renewables: 50.8

Wind index: 49

Onshore wind: 50

Offshore wind: 41

Solar index: 58

Infrastructure: 54

Global rank: 9

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Brazil

All renewables: 50.2

Wind index: 52

Onshore wind: 55

Offshore wind: 40

Solar index: 47

Infrastructure: 51

Global rank: 10

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Australia

All renewables: 50.1

Wind index: 49

Onshore wind: 52

Offshore wind: 38

Solar index: 53

Infrastructure: 48

Global rank: 11

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Sweden

All renewables: 49.0

Wind index: 55

Onshore wind: 55

Offshore wind: 53

Solar index: 37

Infrastructure: 55

Global rank: 12

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Romania

All renewables: 47.7

Wind index: 53

Onshore wind: 56

Offshore wind: 39

Solar index: 40

Infrastructure: 46

Global rank: 13

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Spain

All renewables: 47.6

Wind index: 46

Onshore wind: 49

Offshore wind: 35

Solar index: 53

Infrastructure: 36

Global rank: 14

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Poland

All renewables: 47.4

Wind index: 54

Onshore wind: 57

Offshore wind: 44

Solar index: 38

Infrastructure: 48

Global rank: 15

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South Korea

All renewables: 46.6

Wind index: 47

Onshore wind: 46

Offshore wind: 53

Solar index: 48

Infrastructure: 45

Global rank: 16

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South Africa

All renewables: 45.9

Wind index: 50

Onshore wind: 53

Offshore wind: 37

Solar index: 43

Infrastructure: 51

Global rank: 17

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Greece

All renewables: 44.7

Wind index: 45

Onshore wind: 48

Offshore wind: 33

Solar index: 48

Infrastructure: 32

Global rank: 18

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Belgium

All renewables: 44.6

Wind index: 51

Onshore wind: 49

Offshore wind: 58

Solar index: 37

Infrastructure: 51

Global rank: 19

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Portugal

All renewables: 44.3

Wind index: 46

Onshore wind: 48

Offshore wind: 35

Solar index: 46

Infrastructure: 38

Global rank: 20

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Mexico

All renewables: 43.9

Wind index: 45

Onshore wind: 46

Offshore wind: 40

Solar index: 43

Infrastructure: 41

Global rank: 21

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Denmark

All renewables: 43.0

Wind index: 47

Onshore wind: 45

Offshore wind: 58

Solar index: 35

Infrastructure: 53

Global rank: 22

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The Netherlands

All renewables: 42.7

Wind index: 48

Onshore wind: 49

Offshore wind: 47

Solar index: 36

Infrastructure: 41

Global rank: 23

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Ireland

All renewables: 42.2

Wind index: 52

Onshore wind: 52

Offshore wind: 51

Solar index: 26

Infrastructure: 48

Global rank: 24

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Morocco

All renewables: 41.8

Wind index: 40

Onshore wind: 43

Offshore wind: 26

Solar index: 48

Infrastructure: 42

Global rank: 25

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Turkey

All renewables: 41.1

Wind index: 43

Onshore wind: 45

Offshore wind: 33

Solar index: 40

Infrastructure: 38

Global rank: 26

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Taiwan

All renewables: 40.5

Wind index: 43

Onshore wind: 44

Offshore wind: 38

Solar index: 38

Infrastructure: 43

Global rank: 27

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Norway

All renewables: 40.1

Wind index: 48

Onshore wind: 48

Offshore wind: 45

Solar index: 26

Infrastructure: 51

Global rank: 28

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Ukraine

All renewables: 39.8

Wind index: 39

Onshore wind: 41

Offshore wind: 27

Solar index: 40

Infrastructure: 41

Global rank: 29


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