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India Adds 7.1 GW Renewable Energy Capacity In FY2015–16, Beats Target

April 29th, 2016 by Saurabh Mahapatra

The renewable energy sector in India registered impressive growth in the financial year 2015–16, which ended March 31st, 2016.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy recently reported that India added 6,937 MW of grid-connected renewable energy capacity during FY2015–16. This is one and a half times more than the target of 4,460 MW set at the start of the financial year. Additionally, 176 MW of distributed renewable energy capacity was also added.

Capacity additions in solar and wind energy beat the targets comprehensively in the grid-connected segment. Against a target to add 2.4 GW of wind energy capacity, a total of 3.3 GW capacity was added. One of the reasons for this high quantity of capacity addition is the rush among project developers to commission projects before critical financial incentives expire, or are reduced, starting 1 April 2017. Wind energy remains the most attractive renewable energy technology in terms of capacity addition. At the end of the last financial year, grid-connected wind energy capacity in India stood at 26.7 GW, representing a share of 62.5% of the total grid-connected renewable energy capacity installed in the country.

Grid-connected solar power capacity additions were more than twice the target. Against the target capacity addition of 1.4 GW, just over 3 GW of grid-connected solar power capacity was added in India. This was the largest solar power capacity addition in a financial year. The high capacity addition was the result of slew of solar power auctions at the central and state government levels.

Capacity additions in off-grid bioenergy projects also beat the target, but the off-grid solar power sector saw a sharp jump in capacity addition against the target. A total of 50 MW of distributed solar power capacity was targeted for addition, against which 87.7 MW capacity was added, taking the total off-grid solar power capacity operation in the country to 314 MW.

The total power generation capacity installed in India on 31 March 2016 was 298 GW, of which renewable energy projects represent just over 14% at 43 GW capacity.

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I’ve been living 100% on free Solar power for a year and a half and love it


This is utterly ridiculous.

It’s like a thief saying “look what a nice wrist-watch I got” (or in case of that news from India, like a Soviet apparatchik boasting about the record production of pig iron without having a clue how much it cost, or what other necessary products and services could have been made if people had a chance to make what they wanted to).

India has 1.2 billion users. And they’re subsidizing 770 million dollars. That’s 0.641 dollar per person. All for helping locals, hospitals and government organisations to lower their energy bills. And at the same time saving the planet a bit.

he Indian government is planning to significantly increase financial support for rooftop solar power projects in an attempt to meet the huge target of having 100 GW of solar power capacity operational by April 2022.

The Cabinet of Ministers recently approved a plan to increase subsidies for rooftop solar power projects from current Rs 600 crore (US$92 million) to Rs 5,000 crore (US$770 million). The subsidy will be available to households, government institutions, hospitals, and educational institutions, among others. The financial support will not be available to private sector entities like industries and commercial consumers.

India has set a target to have 100 GW solar power capacity installed by March-end 2022. This will include 40 GW rooftop solar power capacity. However, the government policy is lagging in terms of expanding rooftop solar power capacity. The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has come out with a timeline for implementation of large-scale solar power projects through auctions; but the ministry has not issued any such timeline for implementation of rooftop solar power projects.

India’s solar power capacity stood at 4.68 GW on 30 November 2015, and of this figure, only 5.6% is in the form of distributed solar power capacity.

But you would like to see them import coal or something? I think it’s a great idea what they’re doing. Being more energy independent from the rest of the planet producing their power locally.


You tell’em @polpolrene !

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Yeah $0.641 per person in a family of four is a laborer’s day wage. And for what? So that he can “play his part” in “saving the planet”?
He doesn’t even have a fxxxing roof - his ceiling is made from two tin boards covered with old scooter tires.
I don’t think his roof is exactly a supported configuration for most solar roof top panels.

Clearly, main and only visible outcome of this help for such a serf is a lower income (1 day wage = 0.3% of his yearly income).

I’d like each person to be able to do whatever is best for him/her.

Where did you get this number?

India’s per capita income (nominal) was $1,498 in 2013, ranked at 120th out of 164 countries by the World Bank,[2] while its per capita income on purchasing power parity (PPP) basis was US$5,350, and ranked 106th.[3]

Not much though, but if you think that the real poor are paying a equal amount as the middle class you are wrong.

Me too, and in a country full of sun it probably is better to buy solar than to import coals or something else.


From you (That’s 0.641 dollar per person). A four person family $2.5. That could be a daily wage of a poor laborer in India.

The sole fact that someone who isn’t using it pays for it is wrong.

Are Indians (or people from any country which subsidizes solar) so stupid to be unable to figure it out on their own?
It’s like saying that the EU should subsidize the SAFE network because it’s necessary and good, but somehow people who can benefit from it aren’t able to put together few million bucks needed to finance it.

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