India has surpassed its solar energy target for 2015-16 more than one and a half times, commissioning 3018 MW during the year against the 2000 MW it had set itself.
Latest figures shared by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy show that
Tamil Nadu added the most capacity in 2015-16 at 887.19 MW, followed by Andhra Pradesh (433.24 MW) and Telangana (351.56 MW).
At the end of 2015-16, the country’s cumulative solar capacity stands at 6753.38 MW, up from 3743.97 MW a year ago.
Rajasthan, which has the best solar radiation among states, remains No. 1 in overall installed capacity at 1264.35 MW,
while Gujarat, the earliest to start a solar programme, is in second place with 1105.15 MW.
But Tamil Nadu, with its massive capacity addition this year, is rapidly catching up and is in third place with 1030.77 MW.
Madhya Pradesh with 775.87 MW installed capacity and Andhra Pradesh with 571.09 MW are in fourth and fifth positions.
The cumulative target for at the end of 2016-17 is much stiffer at 17,000 MW which means over 10,000MW will have be added in 2016-17.
However the MNRE appears well set to meet it. “We are looking at tenders of around 20,900 MW,” said Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary. “Some of it has already been awarded and the rest will be done in the next few months.” The majority of projects completed during the year will be in the five southern states.
India wants to achieve 100,000 MW of solar power by 2022.