The Indian states of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Karnataka now account for more than 50% of the country’s cumulative installed solar capacity.
India’s cumulative solar power installation reached 64.38 GW at the end of February, according to the latest figures from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). The total includes ground-mounted, rooftop, hybrid solar component and off-grid installations.
The state of Rajasthan led the way in PV capacity additions, accounting for 16.4 GW of cumulative installations, or 26% of the total. Gujarat is second with 8.9 GW followed by Karnataka with 8.1 GW. Together, these three states account for more than 50% of India’s cumulative solar capacity.
MNRE is running several programs to promote solar energy in the country including Rooftop Solar Program Phase-II, PM-KUSUM scheme for farmers and Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU) Scheme-II for grid connected solar energy. electricity projects of state producers. It also promotes the Solar Park Scheme, the Green Energy Corridor Scheme (to develop an intra-state transmission system for renewable projects) and a production-linked incentive scheme for high-efficiency solar modules.
The PM-KUSUM system is demand-oriented and open to all farmers in accordance with the guidelines for the system. The state had installed 1,140 MW of cumulative solar capacity under this scheme by February 28.