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India backs solar as Paris climate talks loom

Construction takes place at Roha Dyechem solar plant in Bhadla, some 225 km north of Jodhpur, in the western Indian state of RajasthanUnder a blistering sun, workers install a sea of solar panels in a north Indian desert as part of the government’s clean energy push — and its trump card at upcoming climate change talks in Paris. After years of betting big on highly polluting coal, India is under huge pressure to commit to cutting carbon emissions ahead of the major meet aimed at forging a global climate pact. Instead, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is banking on increasing solar capacity fivefold to help cut crippling blackouts and bring power to 300 million Indians currently living without.

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