The Solar Capacity of India Has Crossed the Benchmark of 12 GW

The renewable energy sector of India has been seeing a large amount of growth and development. New ideologies and methodologies have been making India reach greater heights of prosperity and achievements in this field. In the last fiscal year, the solar power capacity that was generated was about 5,525 Megawatts. This generation made the entire clean source energy generation capacity to reach about 12288 Megawatts.

The Minister of New and Renewable Energy, Piyush Goyal wrote a reply to the Rajya Sabha House of the Parliament that said that the entire potential of the solar power in the country can be approximated to somewhere around 748 Gigawatts.

From the year 2015 to 2016, the capacity of solar power generation in a cumulative aspect was around 6763 Megawatts. In the years prior to this, the solar generation capacity has been increasing and growing.

The solar generation capacity in the year 2012 to 2013 was 1686 Megawatts; in the year 2013 to 2014 it was 2632 Megawatts and in the year 2014 to 2015, the capacity was 3744 Megawatts.

The solar power has been gaining vigor in the country because of its affordable pricing as well as the ability to reduce the expenditure of power consumption. Both the rooftop panel installation as well large scale solar projects have gained popularity in the country. Piyush Goyal, the Minister of New and Renewable Energy also said that the government had successfully envisaged a capacity of 4800 Megawatts from the rooftop installations of solar panels and about 7200 Megawatts capacity from the large scale power projects all across the country.

When asked about the future targets of India, he said that India will be planning to add about 5,000 Megawatts of rooftop solar capacity as well as nearly 10,000 Megawatts from large scale solar projects in the ongoing fiscal year.

A survey recently indicated that amongst all the other states of the country, the maximum cumulative capacity of the generation of solar power has been seen in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The capacity of this as recorded up to 31st March, 2017 was 1867 Megawatts. The second rank in this list is obtained by Rajasthan with a capacity of 1812 Megawatts and the third spot is bagged by the state of Tamil Nadu with a capacity of 1691 Megawatts.

Piyush Goyal also stated that the Government of India has claimed at the INDC (Intended Nationally Determined Contribution) that by the year 2030 about 40 percent of its total power consumption will be provided by the non-fossil energy fuels.

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