Solar Projects of 123 GW Capacitys

Bhagwanth Khuba, Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy has told Rajya Sabha that, projects of 123 GW of solar capacity have either been commissioned or are in pipeline.

Out of this figure, 57.71 GW (including off-grid) has already been commissioned, 48.71 GW is in pipeline and 16.69 GW is under tendering, as of June end of 2022.

The Indian government had set a target of installing 100 GW of solar capacity by December 2022. In the written reply sent on 26th July 2022, Khuba states the three major challenges faced in the process of meeting this target- the Covid-19 Pandemic which reduced the pace of installations, acquisition of clear land, and the timeline mismatch between solar projects and power evacuation infrastructure.

For renewable energy, Bhagwanth Khuba in another reply to the House explains, “A total of 114.07 GW of renewable energy capacity (excluding large hydro) have been installed in the country as of June 30, 2022. Renewable energy projects of 60.66 GW capacity (excluding large hydro) are under various stages of implementation and 23.14 GW capacity are under various stages of bidding”.

Thus, renewable energy projects of 74.76 GW (including large hydro) capacity are in the process of being implemented.

As of June 2022, a renewable energy capacity of 160.92 GW has been installed in the country. Following is the breakdown:

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Resource: The Economic Times

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