India’s Share Grows to 9% for Renewable Energy

The percentage of renewable energy in India's energy mix has grown steadily to nearly 9 percent from the 2014-2015 levels. But, the current installed renewable energy capacity of the country pales against the 282 GW conventional power generation capacity.

December 19, 2019. By Hemant Arora

In this year, the percentage of renewable energy in India’s energy mix has increased up to 9 per cent from the 2014-2015 levels. The current installed renewable energy capacity of India pales against the 282 GW power generation capacity, as per the reports.

This is because despite the high installed generation capacity of renewable projects, a lower plant load factor reduces the amount of energy produced from these projects.

83.38 GW of renewable energy capacity has been installed as on October 31, 2019. This is all inclusive of 31.69 GW from solar, 37.09 GW from wind, 9.95 GW bio-power and 4.65 GW hydro power.

The percentage of renewable energy in total electricity supplied in energy terms has risen from 3.72 per cent in 2014-2015 to over 8.9 per cent in 2019-2020, according to the available data. Solar sector showed the highest increase, up from 45,99.02 million units in 2014-2015 to 39,268.2 million units in 2018-2019, within renewable energy. The wind Sector continued to dominate the country’s renewable energy footmark by supplying over 62,036.38 million units in this year, up from 33,768.3 million units in 2014-2015, as per the sources

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