Graph of the Day: India breaks 2GW solar barrier

Graph of the Day: India breaks 2GW solar barrier

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India says it has passed the 2GW landmark for grid-connected solar, with a total installed capacity of just over 2000MW; off-grid power just below 140MW.

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A new update from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in India has proclaimed the country has passed the 2 GW landmark for grid-connected solar. The figures showed that, as of September 30, 2013, the total solar installed capacity was just over 2000 MW, while off-grid power amounted to just south of 140 MW.

The update was published on the MNRE website, while RESolve Energy Consultants are responsible for the graphs which follow.



As can be seen, wind makes up a sizable portion of India’s total renewable energy makeup, with 19,881 MW of connected power. India’s wind energy target for 2013-14 sits at 2500, and they’ve already installed 808 MW so far — adding 102.5 in September alone.

Solar power doesn’t receive the same focus as it does in other countries, but it is still growing, with 395 MW deployed already in the 2013-14 time period — of which 111 was deployed in September, taking the number up to 2080 MW.

The news comes on the heels of continuous solar improvements in the country. Tuesday saw the news that Madhya Pradesh, a state in India, already has 202 MW installed and intends to “crank that up to 1,400 MW by the middle of 2015.” And earlier this month India invited bids to build 750 MW of solar plants as part of Phase-2 of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM). It’s the first time the country has opened up bidding since 2011, and the government is “offering 18.75 billion rupees ($303 million) in grants to the project from the National Clean Energy Fund (NCEF).”

This article was originally published on CleanTechnica. Reproduced here with permission

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  1. Lifeboatman 7 years ago

    It is in the best interests of India to move from fossil fuels to renewables as part of the world wide efforts to combat Global Warming. If the World fails to minimise it’s effect, then India will have a refugee problem that will make our boat people look like a sick joke. It’s next door neighbour, Bangladesh is projected to be swamped by rising sea levels, so it is not illogical to expect the population to move in the direction of India

    if that happens.

  2. sanju 7 years ago

    The entire statistics shows an improvement over the renewable energy..Based on the statistics Hybrid power as solar/wind combo or solar/wind/biomass for rural area should be pushed for more viable and economical solution. Govt should push energy efficient nation for mass people, which is missing at this moment.

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