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Published on November 26th, 2014 | by Smiti


India’s Installed Solar Power Capacity Crosses 3 GW

November 26th, 2014 by  

India has achieved another milestone in its quest to rapidly expand its solar power infrastructure.

Gujarat Solar Park

The installed solar power capacity in India has crossed 3 GW mark, it was reported last week. The announcement came from the Mercom Capital Group that tracks renewable energy developments in India. In a report, the Group stated that about 730 MW capacities has been added this year so far, and the full calendar year capacity expansion is expected to be around 800 MW.

The would be a significant decline in annual capacity addition compared to last year’s 1 GW. The 20% decline this year has been attributed to the delay in land acquisition owing to bureaucratic freeze during the run-up to, and during the general elections during the first half of the year.

The installed capacity inched closer to 1 GW when two big solar thermal power plants were commissioned earlier this month. The two projects, commissioned after delay of about 18 months, added 150 MW.

Next year, a number of solar photovoltaic power projects are expected to be commissioned. These will include the projects auctioned by the central government under the National Solar Mission with a total capacity of 750 MW. Additional capacity would also be added in the form of projects auctioned under the state solar power policies over the last few months.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy had recently increased the capacity addition target to 15 GW over the next three to four years. The Ministry is also working on a hugely ambitious plan to add 100 GW solar power capacity by 2022. The initial target under the National Solar Mission was 22 GW by 2022.

The government will supplement the auctions with several other policy initiatives to promote solar power capacity expansion. The government has announced plans to install 20 GW capacity through 12 ultra mega solar power projects each with a minimum capacity of 500 MW. The Renewable Purchase Obligation is also expected to be revamped in order to increase the demand for solar power, and renewable energy as a whole.

Image Credit: Gujarat Power Corporation Limited

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About the Author

works as a senior solar engineer at a reputed engineering and management consultancy. She has conducted due diligence of several solar PV projects in India and Southeast Asia. She has keen interest in renewable energy, green buildings, environmental sustainability, and biofuels. She currently resides in New Delhi, India.

  • timpster

    Does this website use clean power?

    This is really great for India, but the part about the freeze is really some bull shit, I hate people like that, they should really just be fired.

    • Bob_Wallace

      This site is powered by 473 hamsters running on wheels made from a recycled Buick and fed all organic, hand-harvested buckwheat.

      • Indian

        Ok, About the 473 Hamsters, do they work on shift? What is th average working hours and do they get paid leaves and what other incentives do they get ?

        • Bob_Wallace

          We allow the hamsters to set their own schedules and work as they please.

          However, when the lights dim we do snatch a few out of the colony and roast them for staff lunch in plain view of the others.

          That seems to be ample incentive….

          • Indian

            I cannot complain, the incentive seems motivating, I would like mine well done please !

  • JamesWimberley

    ” … the bureaucratic freeze during the run-up to, and during the general elections during the first half of the year.” How odd. Normally civil servants see it as their duty to execute law and policy as they stand, until they get new orders. A politicised, passive civil service is one of the great burdens many developing countries suffer from, certainly including Brazil as well.

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