India has installed 180,796.35 MW of renewable energy capacity as of Dec. 31, 2023, including 73,318.49 MW (around 41%) from solar power projects.
Wood Mackenzie says the solar industry has reached a new stage in its evolution and is predicting around 350 GW of global solar installations annually for the next eight years. The research firm is also forecasting challenges for the solar manufacturing sector and long-awaited benefits from the Inflation Reduction Act in the United States.
With solar taking a more significant portion of the energy and power mix, climate change can be significantly mitigated. Coal, for instance, is one of the dirtiest fuels, but makes up 70% of India’s power generation.
The temple town of Ayodhya’s 40 MW solar plant will become fully operational by March 2024. In rooftop PV, a total capacity of 1,073 kW has been established on residential, commercial, and industrial buildings in the city. Solar-powered boats, water kiosks, and streetlights showcase Ayodhya’s dedication to harnessing solar energy across diverse sectors.
The Scheme targets the electrification of 100,000 un-electrified households in tribal areas by providing off-grid solar solutions free of cost. The solutions will be installed in areas where electricity supply through the grid is not techno-economically feasible.
The Indian solar PV sector is experiencing transformative trends, driven by a combination of technological advancements, government support, and a growing awareness of the need for sustainable energy sources. The rapid expansion of solar capacity, coupled with innovations such as floating solar farms and green hydrogen production, paints a promising picture for the future of renewable energy in India.
RK Singh, union minister for power and new & renewable energy, stated recently that the dependence on coal-based generation is likely to continue till cost-effective energy storage solutions are available.
ICRA expects India’s installed solar power capacity to grow to 104 GW by March 2025 from 72 GW as of October 2023, led by strong policy support and moderation in solar module prices.
EKI Energy Services will oversee the production, marketing, installation, and after-sales services of ‘Surya Nutan,’ an innovative indoor solar cooking system designed and patented by IndianOil. The initiative will be supported by carbon finance.
BloombergNEF says historically low module prices will drive the global solar industry to record installations in 2023.
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