A solar power plant in the state of Telangana, India. Thomas Lloyd Group / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 4.0 India needs power. Good thing it’s moving away from coal and honoring its commitment to use renewables. And now, for the first time, India’s 2018 investment in solar power outpaced coal, according to a report by the International Energy Agency . India is home to the world’s second largest population and uses more and more power as it grows in size and wealth. It’s also the third largest national contributor to greenhouse gasses, after China and the U.S. So what happens in India matters on a global scale, making its recent investments in renewable energy noteworthy. According to the report, India’s switch to renewables is due to a combination of policy and the rapidly decreasing costs of bringing solar power online, the Independent reports. "There has been a very big step change in terms of the shift in investments in India in just the past three years," Michael Waldron, an author of the report, told Inside Climate News . "But, there are a number of risks around whether this shift can be continued and be sustained over time." It’s not […]

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