In­dia adds 2,311 MW green power gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity in fis­cal 2016

Power Watch India - - DESPATCHES NATIONAL -

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.

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