India has reached 46,247 MW of installed solar capacity as of October 31


India has reached a cumulative 46,246.80 MW of installed solar power capacity as of October 31, 2021. Rajasthan, with 8,644 MW installed PV capacity, leads the nation’s solar march. It is followed by Karnataka (7,483 MW) and Gujarat (6,052 MW).

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

The nation has a solar power potential of around 750 GWp, as assessed by The National Institute of Solar Energy based on the availability of land and solar radiation.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is working towards resolving land allotment and grid infrastructure challenges in the solar project implementation as the nation chases the 500 GW by 2030 goal of installed electricity capacity from non-fossil fuel sources, including solar energy.

The Ministry has introduced new modes for better implementation of the solar park scheme to solve the land allotment problem: Mode-5 in the Scheme allows central public sector undertakings to set up solar parks in their land or on third-party land. Mode 8 incentivizes the states for facilitation in the procurement of land.

This apart, the government has allowed waiver of Inter-State Transmission System (ISTS) charges for inter-state sale of solar and wind power from projects to be commissioned by June 30, 2025. A dedicated transmission system for renewable energy has been taken up under Green Energy Corridor Scheme, said the minister.

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