February 11 (Renewables Now) - The output of India’s solar photovoltaic (PV) parks jumped by 48% on the year to a record-high volume in the last quarter of 2018, as more capacity went online, shows data by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA).
Solar power generation in October-December 2018 amounted to 9,672 million kWh, as compared to 6.52 billion kWh in the year-ago period. In quarterly terms, it increased from the 8.4 billion kWh produced in the third quarter.
The cumulative capacity of India’s solar parks stood at 27.9 GW at end-2018, accounting for 7.91% of the country’s total power capacity, according to consultancy Mercom Capital. Thanks to the newly-commissioned capacity throughout the year, which Mercom estimates will be around 8 GW, PV generation in 2018 grew by 68% to 36.1 billion kWh.