“Rooftop so­lar ca­pac­ity to touch 6.5 GW by 2020”

Power Watch India - - DESPATCHES NATIONAL -

In­dia’s rooftop so­lar ca­pac­ity has touched 525 MW this year, ac­cord­ing to Bridge to In­dia. In a re­port, the firm said that over the past 12 months, so­lar ca­pac­ity in­stal­la­tion in the coun­try was al­most equal to the cu­mu­la­tive of what was added in the last three years. Ac­cord­ing to Bridge to In­dia (BTI), In­dia’s rooftop so­lar in­dus­try has grown 66% from last year de­spite the lack of spe­cific rooftop ini­tia­tives, un­like the util­ity-scale so­lar seg­ment. This growth is di­rectly linked to im­proved pro­ject eco­nom­ics and is ex­pected to con­tinue ac­cu­mu­lat­ing up to 6.5 GW of in­stalled ca­pac­ity un­til 2020, it said.

Among the states, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Gu­jarat lead in to­tal in­stalled ca­pac­ity in that or­der. Tamil Nadu’s good per­for­mance, es­pe­cially in the in­dus­trial seg­ment, can be at­trib­uted to high con­sumer aware­ness, high in­dus­trial and com­mer­cial tar­iffs, and wide gap be­tween en­ergy de­mand and sup­ply in the state. In­stalled ca­pac­ity of so­lar power in In­dia has crossed 5 GW, helped by new ad­di­tions in 2015, said Bridge to In­dia. In­dia cur­rently has a so­lar pro­ject pipe­line of 15.7 GW un­der bid­ding-cum-de­vel­op­ment.

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