Gujarat is India’s sixth-largest state by land and ninth-most populous, with a population of more than 60 million people. It is one of India’s most rich and well-run states, as well as a leader in the country’s energy sector. It is a state in which both villages and cities have access to electricity 24 hours a day.
The state is also breaking new ground in the field of renewable energy (RE). This western Indian state produces 13% of India’s renewable energy portfolio, with more than 10 GW of capacity. In addition, it is the country’s leader in solar rooftop installations. Finally, renewable energy accounts for over 37% of Gujarat’s total energy capacity.
To meet its electricity needs, the state is increasingly relying on renewable energy. As of June 2021, it had a total installed renewable energy generation capacity of 13,152 MW (solar, wind, hydel, biomass, and bagasse). Wind accounts for more than 70% of this total. Gujarat’s outstanding performance is due to progressive policies that include several incentives, an investor-friendly attitude, strong governance and implementation, and a well-thought-out strategy. The state offers concessional incentives, has a good evacuation infrastructure, and a clear e-bidding process, in addition to having a good RE potential and an appealing policy climate.
The establishment of a 30 GW solar-wind hybrid park on wasteland is just one of the state’s numerous firsts. With a goal of over 15,000 MW by 2022 and over 60,000 MW by 2030, the state promises a lot of renewable energy action in the future years.