India added 8.8 GW of solar in the first nine months of 2021


India added approximately 8,811 MW of new solar capacity from January 1, 2021 till September 30, 2021, about 280% higher than in the corresponding period of the previous year. New wind capacity addition was 101% higher at 1,246 MW, according to JMK Research.

The analysts attribute the significant installation to the commissioning of the projects that were stretched beyond their due date because of Covid-19 disruption.

With the new addition, India’s overall installed RE capacity has reached 101.53 GW as of September 30, 2021. Solar energy, with a 46% share, is the biggest contributor to the total RE capacity, followed by wind energy (39%), bio-power (10%) and small hydro (5%).

JMK Research expects India to install approximately 11 GW of new utility scale solar capacity and around 3 GW of rooftop PV if the third wave of the covid-19 pandemic does not strike the country between November and December 2021.

Leading states

Rajasthan led new utility-scale solar installations during January to September 2021 with state-level addition close to 2.5 GW.

In the rooftop solar segment, about 2,068 MW of new capacity was added in the nine months period, which is 134% higher than 883 MW capacity added in the same period previous year. Gujarat led the installation with a capacity addition of 531 MW, accounting for nearly 26% of the total rooftop installations during the analysis period.

“The “Surya Urja Rooftop Yojana – Gujarat” scheme is the key reason for this significant capacity addition in Gujarat that aims installation of solar rooftops for 8 lakh residential consumers by March 2022. Under this scheme, 40% of state subsidy is provided on installation of systems up to 3 kW and 20% subsidy for 3 kW- 10 kW system size,” stated JMK report.





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