India’s solar power plants generated 9,514 million kWh of electricity in the second quarter of 2018, marking a 73% year-on-year rise, shows data by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA).
The combined output of photovoltaic (PV) parks in the country increased sequentially, as well, and was 11% higher than in the previous quarter. The growth was recorded in spite of the drop in solar capacity additions in April-June, when 1.4 GW of fresh capacity was deployed, against 3.3 GW in the first quarter.
In the first half of the year, solar power production in India exceeded 18.05 billion kWh, representing an over 86% jump from the 9.67 billion kWh in the first half of 2017.
According to Mercom Capital’s India Solar Project Tracker, India’s cumulative solar power capacity stood at over 24.4 GW at end-June, accounting for 7.03% of the country’s total power generation capacity. The leading power generation source, in terms of capacity, is coal with a 56.66% share.
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