India’s Renewable Energy Capacity Touches 86 GW in 2019; Wind Power Leads the Pack

Karnataka led the market with about 2 GW of new solar capacity additions followed by Rajasthan with 1.7 GW, Tamil Nadu with 1.5 GW, Gujarat with 936 MW, Andhra Pradesh with 917 MW, and Madhya Pradesh with 651 MW

January 15, 2020. By News Bureau

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India’s renewable capacity installations reached 86 GW as of 31 December, 2019, as per research firm JMK Research and Analytics.

Wind energy became the major contributor with 44 percent share in the total renewable energy mix trailed by solar with 39 percent share, the research firm said in a press release.

 “In 2019, about 7.5 GW of new utility scale solar capacity was added, which is about 14 per cent increase over the previous year. Another one GW was added in rooftop solar installations,” it further.

About 2.4 GW of new wind capacity was added in 2019, which was a 10 per cent increase over 2018.

Gujarat led the installations with commissioning of 1.4 GW of new wind projects followed by Tamil Nadu with 650 MW and Maharashtra with 212 MW.

“Most of the wind projects allocated in 2018 and scheduled to commission in 2019 got delayed and are now likely to be commissioned in 2020. This delay in wind projects is primarily attributed to various land availability issues and lack of grid transmission availability,” the research firm added.

Karnataka led the market with about 2 GW of new solar capacity additions followed by Rajasthan with 1.7 GW, Tamil Nadu with 1.5 GW, Gujarat with 936 MW, Andhra Pradesh with 917 MW, and Madhya Pradesh with 651 MW.

“NLC, ReNew, Azure, and Acme were the prominent project developers to add maximum solar capacity in 2019,” it added.

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