Clean Power India Assigns Over 1 GW of Solar Power

Published on February 26th, 2013 | by Joshua S Hill


India Has Allocated 1172 MW Of Solar Power In Three Years

February 26th, 2013 by  

India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) revealed that they have assigned 1172 megawatts (MW) of grid-connected solar power plants, and of these so far 369 megawatts (MW) have already been commissioned.

The total number of plants include one 2.5 MW solar thermal plant and 131 photovoltaic plants, of which 65 comprise locally made solar cells and modules.

India Assigns Over 1 GW of Solar Power

Meanwhile, the MNRE add that bids for photovoltaic tariffs under the first and second phases of India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) averaged Rs. 12.16/kWh (around US$0.22, or €0.17) and Rs. 8.77, respectively.

The table below presents the solar power capacity installed in the various Indian states over the last three years, according to MNRE:

State Installed capacity (MW)
Andhra Pradesh 23.15
Chhattisgarh 4.00
Gujarat 824.09
Haryana 7.80
Jharkhand 16.00
Karnataka 14.00
Madhya Pradesh 7.75
Maharashtra 25.00
Orissa 13.00
Punjab 9.00
Rajasthan 251.25
Tamil Nadu 17.05
Uttar Pradesh 12.00
Uttranchal 5.00
West Bengal 2.12
Delhi 2.52
Total 1.233.73

India’s solar industry has popped up in the news frequently of late. Earlier this week it was announced that the “municipal corporation of Anantapur in the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is set to become the first municipality in the country to set up a solar power project to power its water pumping operations and street lights.”

The impressive plan includes installation of 5 MW of a solar PV project in the city. The project will be connected to the state’s power grid and will power the water pumping and street lights of the entire municipality’s area.

While earlier this month Lux Research released a report that contends the solar industry must now “target high-growth markets such as China and India in an attempt to transform in a cost-conscious environment.”

“While some historically strong demand markets will continue to pay dividends, the real winners going forward will need to make a few well-informed bets,” said Matt Feinstein, Lux Research Analyst and the lead author of the report titled, Past is Prologue: Market Selection Strategy in a New Solar Policy Environment.

The remaining 803 MW of solar power already assigned will hopefully start overlapping with new assignments and developments as 2013 proceeds and the solar industry starts investing in India’s growing population and need for cheap, renewable electricity.

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  • Hmmm, it also says they will install 5mw in the city….that’s over 20k panels….must have a LOT of vacant space in their cities….

  • I think it was just a typo. Fixed. Wouldn’t necessarily call it misleading — anyone who knows the difference between a MW and a GW knows that 1172 GW would be absurd. But not ideals. Thanks for the catch, guys.

  • S.Nkm

    I think he’s using the comma as a decimal point separator.

  • @Joshua: 1,172 megawatts (MW) not gigawatts (GW). Let’s not confuse them.

    1000 MW (1 GW) is a typical nuclear reactor.

  • Green Essex Solar

    You mean over 1000 MW, not GW. The title is highly misleading as a result.

    • anderlan

      Yeah, I was like, do they have some sort of estimate going out 30 years? 1.1TW? What the heck? Definitely needs a correction. This is what happens when a blogger encounters the comma-or-period problem of international number notation..

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