India reaches 39,104 MW of grid-connected solar


India has installed a cumulative grid-connected solar capacity of 39,104 MW as of February end this year, according to the latest statistics shared by the power minister in the parliament. 

Most of this capacity came from the State of Karnataka, which has installed 7355 MW. Karnataka is followed by Rajasthan (5473 MW) and Tamil Nadu (4404 MW) in installed PV capacity.

Sikkim, with just 0.07 MW, has the least grid-connected PV installation.

New grid-connected additions in fiscal 2020-21 are 4477 MW as of February 28. This compares to 9363 MW in 2017-18, 6529 MW in 2018-19, and 6447 MW in 2019-20.

Off-grid solar

In off-grid solar, the nation has installed a cumulative 79,48,219 solar lamps/lanterns, 1,723,479 solar home lighting systems, 830,373 solar street lights, 281,368 solar pumps, and 216 MWp solar power plants/packs as of February end this year.

Out of 216 MWp off-grid solar plant capacity, maximum is installed in Chattisgarh (31,373 kW), followed by Rajasthan (30,449 kW) and Kerala (16,078 kW).

Under PM-KUSUM Scheme, the government targets the installation of 20 lakh standalone solar pumps by December 2022.

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