"The installed capacity of solar power in India crossed the milestone of 5,000 MW in January this year and would achieve target of 18,000 MW by end of next year," Ministry of New and Renewable Energy said in a statement.

Parliamentary Consultative Committee attached to the Ministries of Power and New & Renewable Energy held meeting in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh yesterday and reviewed progress of implementation of solar park scheme and also steps taken by the NTPC to reduce emissions and increase efficiency.

The meeting was chaired by Power, Coal Minister New and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal and was attended by members of Lok Sabha Bharat Singh, Om Prakash Yadav, Sushil Kishore Singh, Jayadev Galla and member of the Rajya Sabha Bashistha Narain Singh.

Goyal welcomed the members and informed them that the NDA government has initiated world's largest renewable energy programme by increasing fivefold target from exiting 35,000 MW to 175 GW capacity by 2022.

The statement further said the government has initiated several projects like Scheme for Development of Solar Parks.

It is envisaged to achieve 20 GW through ultra-mega solar parks.    

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) MD Ashvini Kumar gave detailed presentation highlighting salient features, physical and financial status of solar park scheme.

Giving details, he said as against 25 solar parks planned, the ministry has approved 33 solar parks in 21 states with aggregate capacity of 19,900 MW.

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