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India Will Spend $1.6 Billion to Add Lines for Transmitting Green Power

  • Green corridor project to have evacuation capacity of 20 GW
  • India aims for 500 GW non-fossil fuel power capacity by 2030
An electrician works on a utility pole in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, India.

An electrician works on a utility pole in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, India.

Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

India will invest 120 billion rupees ($1.6 billion) to add new lines to transmit electricity from renewable plants as it seeks to draw half of its energy requirement from greener sources by 2030.

Dedicated transmission lines of 10,750 circuit kilometers will be built across seven provinces under the second phase of the so-called green energy corridor project, Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur said in New Delhi. The project, approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet on Thursday, will be completed by 2026 and transmit 20 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity, he said.