India adds 3,000 MW solar capacity in FY16, beats 2,000 MW target

India adds 3,000 MW solar capacity in FY16, beats 2,000 MW target

NEW DELHI: India added close to 3,019 mw of grid-connected solar power generation capacity in 2015-16, which is well above its target of 2,000 mw for the fiscal.

India’s total solar power generation capacity touched 6,763 mw as on March 31, 2016, according to the latest update on progress on clean energy initiatives.

The tendering of over 21,000 mw of solar power generation capacity has already been completed during the last fiscal, with the aim of about 20,000 mw of installed production capacity from this renewable source by this fiscal end.

Similarly, India added 3,300 mw of wind power generation capacity last fiscal as against the targetted 2,400 mw, jacking up the total wind power capacity to 26,744 mw as on March 31.

Small hydro projects (up to 25 mw) added 219 mw last fiscal against the target of 250 mw. The total capacity of such projects in the country stood at 4,274 mw as of March-end.

As for biogas projects, India was on target as it added 400 mw in 2015-16, taking the total capacity to 4,831 mw as on March 31.

However, no progress has been recorded on waste to power projects as India did not add any capacity in this segment against the target of 10 mw. The total installed capacity in the segment reads 115 mw.

Against the targetted capacity addition of 5,060 mw from clean sources, India added 6,937 mw last fiscal, raising the total grid-connected clean energy capacity to 42,728 mw as on March 31.