January 2014 saw India’s total grid-interactive renewable energy capacity cross 30,000 MW and the total installed capacity of wind segment crossed 20,000 MW.
On March 31, 2014 the total grid-connected solar capacity, commissioned under the National Solar Mission, crossed to 2,632 MW, of this over a third was commissioned in Gujarat.
State-policy driven contributions stand tallest at 1,322 MW, followed by MNRE projects at 688 MW, REC Scheme at 491 MW, with the rest coming from renewable purchase obligation (RPO), private sector rooftop and central government organisations.
Topping the cumulative capacity table is Gujarat (916 MW) with Rajasthan (730 MW), Madhya Pradesh (347 MW) and Maharashtra (249 MW) following it among others.
During fiscal 2013-14, a total capacity of 947 MW was commissioned of which MP added the highest capacity of 310 MW.
Hikes in diesel prices have made solar a very attractive option thereby increasing its potential even in a slower-growing economy. With continued power shortfalls, peak shortage becomes a critical problem and increases the costs involved in back up generation thereby stifling industrial growth.
- Wind Energy
- Renewable Energy
- Solar Energy
- Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission