India has installed 96.95 GW of cumulative grid-interactive renewable energy capacity (excluding large hydro) as of June 30, 2021, in the country, against the ‘175 GW by 2022’ target. Out of this, 42,336 MW is from grid-scale solar, according to details shared by the new & renewable energy and power minister RK Singh in the Lok Sabha (Lower Parliament).
Karnataka is leading in solar addition with 7,409 MW of installed grid-interactive PV capacity. Rajasthan follows next with 6,581 MW. Gujarat ranks third with 5,132 MW. Sikkim (0.07 MW), Meghalaya (0.19 MW), and Lakshadweep (0.75 MW) are the states with least PV installations.
India has an estimated solar power generation potential of 749 GW, with Rajasthan (142 GW), Jammu & Kashmir (111 GW), and Maharashtra (64 GW) having the maximum potential.
The minister also shared that the Government has enhanced the target for setting up solar parks from 20 GW to 40 GW capacity under the “Development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects” Scheme.
The government has approved three proposals to set up Dondaicha Solar Park (250 MW), Patoda Solar Park (500 MW), and Sai Guru Solar Park (500 MW) in Maharashtra.
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