Karnataka, India, Looks To Increase Solar Target To 6 GW

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Karnataka is set to become the latest Indian state to revise its solar target in line with the central government’s target of 8% share of solar power in national power consumption by 2022.

SunEdison India SolarThe state government of Karnataka is looking to increase its installed solar capacity target from the current 2 GW to 6 GW by 2022. This will help the state meet the solar power consumption target set by the central government for all states.

The central government increased the target last year for solar power share in total power consumption from 3% to 8% by March 2022. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) issued a guidance for all states, indicating how much operational capacity they need to meet the revised target.

Following this decision, states initiated the process of revising their installed capacity targets. Earlier this year, Himachal Pradesh set a target of 700 MW of operational solar power capacity. The MNRE determined that the state requires 776 MW of solar capacity to meet the revised Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) target.

Now, Karnataka has revised the target to 6 GW. The state is well on course to achieve the current target of 2 GW. Several megawatts of solar power capacity are currently under construction through the state’s solar power capacity initiative. Additionally, NTPC Limited and Solar Energy Corporation of India have also floated tenders of 1.6 GW of cumulative capacity under the National Solar Mission. NTPC Limited will also set up 1 GW capacity on its own.

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