Solar power capacity of India crosses 12 GW

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In the last fiscal, India added 5,525 MW of solar power, taking the total generation capacity to 12,288 MW.

New & Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal said the country has abundant solar power potential which has been estimated to be 748 GW.

In 2015-16, it had achieved a total cumulative solar power generation capacity of 6,763 MW. The capacity was 1,686 MW in 2012-13 which increased to 2,632 MW in 2013-14 and to 3,744 MW in 2014-15.

Goyal further stated that the government has envisaged 4,800 MW from rooftop solar and 7,200 MW from large-scale solar power projects in the country.

India is planning to add 5,000 MW of rooftop solar and 10,000 MW from large-scale solar power projects in the current fiscal, the minister said.

Among states, Andhra Pradesh topped the chart with a largest cumulative solar generation capacity of 1,867 MW as on March 2017 followed by Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu at 1,812 MW and 1,691 MW respectively.

Goyal said that in its submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change on Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), the government has said that India will achieve 40% cumulative electric power capacity from non-fossil fuel based energy resources by 2030.

It will be done with the help of transfer of technology and low-cost International Finance which includes Green Climate Fund, he added.