India adds 2,311 MW green power generation capacity in fiscal 2016
A total of 2,311.88 MW of gridconnected power generation capacity from renewable energy (RE) sources like solar and wind has been added so far this fiscal in the country.
During the first seven months of the fiscal, 827.22 MW of solar power generation capacity was added, taking the cumulative electricity generation capacity from the source to 4,579.24 MW, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy said in a statement on grid-connected capacity addition.
The Centre is aiming to add 1,400 MW solar generation capacity during this fiscal. Similarly, 1,234.11 MW wind generation capacity was added during the period, taking cumulative electricity generation capacity from this renewable source to 24,677.72 MW. The government has set a target of adding 2,400 MW of wind power generation capacity in 2015-16.
Under the small-hydro category, 106.55 MW generation capacity was added till October, taking the total generation capacity in this segment to 4161.90 MW. The Centre has set a target of adding 250 MW of smallhydro generation capacity this fiscal.
In the bio-power (biomass and gasification and bagasse cogeneration) segment, 132 MW of generation capacity was added till October end this fiscal, taking the total capacity to 4550.55 MW in this segment. The govt has set a target of adding 400 MW capacity from these sources.
In the waste-to-power segment, 12 MW capacity has been created till October, as compared to a target of 10 MW for the entire 2015-16. Now, India has 127.08 MW of generation capacity under this category.
The country’s total grid-connected power generation capacity from all the above mentioned renewable sources was 3,8096.49 MW at the end of October. The government is working on a policy to promote solar zones where private investors can set up solar energy projects and will soon tweak the tariff policy to increase the limit of solar power purchased by states, said Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). Solar zones would be built in areas identified by the government but, unlike solar parks, the responsibility to acquire land for solar zones would be on the private sector developer, while the government would provide transmission links, information of land availability and faster clearances to projects coming up in solar zones. “The solar zones will help us identify much larger areas for setting up projects and will have the potential of setting up big capacities,” he said.