Capacity additions lift India’s 9-mo solar power output by 36%
Solar power plant in Karnataka. Source: Rays Power Infra Pvt Ltd.
November 7 (Renewables Now) - India’s solar photovoltaic (PV) parks generated 70.24 billion kWh of electricity in the first nine months of 2022, marking a 36% increase in annual terms, statistics by Mercom India Research show.
The growth came as a result of the new capacity additions in the reporting period. In the third quarter alone, India’s solar farms were responsible for 22.61 billion kWh of the overall power production. While the total was 11% lower than in the preceding quarter, it rose by 41% from the same quarter a year earlier.
At the end of September, India had 163.7 GW of renewable energy capacity in operation, including large hydropower plants. Renewables accounted for 40.3% of the total power capacity mix, according to the latest edition of Mercom’s India Solar Project Tracker. The share of solar PV in the country’s entire power capacity in operation stood at 14.7%, while the technology had a 36.4% share in the installed renewable energy fleet.
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