GS Paper - 3 (Energy)

India’s renewable energy generation capacity excluding large scale hydro projects has crossed 100 GW, power and renewable energy minister R K Singh said. The country stands fourth in the world in terms of installed renewable energy capacity, fifth in solar and fourth in wind in terms of installed capacity.

What

  1. 100 GW has been installed, 50 GW is under installation and 27 GW is under tendering.
  2. India has also enhanced its ambition to install 450 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2030. If large hydro is included the installed RE capacity increases to 146 GW.
  3. A report by CEEW Centre for Energy Finance (CEEW-CEF) found out that non-hydro renewable energy accounted for 25.2% of total generation capacity in Q1 FY22, up from 24.7% in Q4 FY21.
  4. The overall renewable generation increased by 15%, while large hydro generation dipped by 11.7%, and coal/lignite generation grew significantly by 27.9% over Q1 FY21.
  5. The share of renewable energy in average daily generation remained nearly the same in Q1 FY22 as the corresponding period last year, the report said.