Till february the renewable energy accounted for about 93,207 GWh according to Central Electricity Authority then 6,832 GWh were generated by the end of March. The growth in the solar panels, wind panels and hydro plants helped to push the Renewable Energy generation past one lakh Gigawatthour mark in a single year.
This gigantic figure is impressive in every real aspect. India now stands ahead of developing populous nation identical to it like Philippines and small advanced economies like Belgium. Both Israel and Hong Kong combined lag behind India in terms of Renewable Electricity generation.
This figure of 100 Billion still doesn’t include the large hydro electric power plant generations. The Renewable Energy generation provides an index for a countries transition from fossil fuel to clean energy.
The numbers can again be misleading as one megawatt of wind capacity is not equivalent to one of solar or nuclear. Thermal power plants are running at a 60% of their capacity, but these numbers are still substantially higher than those for renewable sources. Renewable Energy accounts for about 7.7% of grid power averaged over last 12 months. The Renewable Energy generation will be about 10% of the India’s year.
The major contributor to the large figure is the arrival of solar energy. All thanks to the solar parks first of 600 MW to 2000 MW. The solar investment has been threatened by the prospect of safeguard tariffs on imported solar equipment, contradictory policies and governments commitment to renewables.
Source: The Wire