India touches solar power capacity of 32 GW

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India installed a cumulative renewable energy capacity of 83.38 GW as on October 31, 2019, which included 31.69 GW from solar, 37.09 GW from wind, 9.95 GW from biomass and 4.65 GW from small hydro.

This information was shared by power minister R.K. Singh in Lok Sabha (lower house of the Indian parliament) recently.

The minister also shared renewable energy generation by state-owned power generators—Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU) stations—for year 2018-19 and for the current year 2019-20 (up to September, 2019).

Renewable energy generation by CPSU stations for year 2018-19 stood at 1934.63 million units (MU), with NTPC contributing the most at 1535.48 MU, Oil India Ltd 347.47 MU, North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited (NEEPCO) 39.10 MU and Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) 12.59 MU.

For the current year 2019-20 (up to September, 2019), the total 1360.83 MU of RE generation by CPSU stations included NTPC contributing 754.91 MU, THDC 165.55 MU, NHPC 41.41 MU, ONGC 100.49 MU, SJVN 99.46 MU, Oil India Ltd 195.52 MU and NEEPCO 3.49 MU.

Among all CPSU stations, NTPC Bhadla in Rajasthan was the biggest solar producer—at 450.22 MU of generation in year 2018-19 and 225.28 MU in the current year 2019-20 (up to September, 2019).

The minister also shared that “in an effort to harness local energy resources and to contribute to the development of Ladakh, the government of India is planning to set up 14 MW solar power projects with 42 MWh battery storage capacity in Leh and Kargil districts of the union territory.”

The projects will be developed under Prime Minister Development Package 2015.

The government has set a target of installing 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by the year 2022, which includes 100 GW from solar, 60 GW from wind, 10 GW from biomass and 5 GW from small hydro.