India close to reach 8 GW PV capacity

648 MW solar power plant built by Adani in Tamil Nadu, India

India installed a total accumulative capacity of more than 44,235 MW in the country from various renewable energy sources, says Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines. These include 27,151 MW of wind power, 7,805 MW of solar power, 4,304 MW of small hydro power and 4,975 MW of biopower. In January, India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy announced 5,129 MW of installed grid-connected solar capacity.
According to Shri Goyal, the Government is implementing several schemes for the promotion of solar power in the country, i.e. solar rooftop scheme, scheme on off-grid and decentralized solar applications, solar park scheme for setting up of solar parks and ultra mega solar power projects targeting over 20,000 MW of solar power projects. Furthermore, scheme for setting up 1,000 MW of grid-connected solar PV power projects by Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSUs) and state owned organizations with Viability Gap Funding (VGF), scheme for setting up over 300 MW of grid-connected solar PV power projects by Defense Establishments and Para Military Forces with Viability Gap Funding(VGF), a project for development of grid connected solar PV power plants on canal banks and canal tops, also a bundling scheme with 15,000 MW grid-connected solar PV power plants through state owned utilities NTPC Ltd./ NVVN and VGF scheme for setting up of 2,000 MW of grid-connected solar PV power projects through the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).

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