India’s Installed Renewable Energy Generation Capacity Surpasses 100 Gigawatt Milestone

In a positive development, India’s installed renewable energy generation capacity has crossed the 100 gigawatts (GWs) milestone, now accounting for a significant share of the total capacity of 383.73 GWs, reports Livemint.

With its push for renewables, India today stands at the fourth position in the world in terms of the installed renewable capacity. Individually, India stands fifth in solar and fourth in wind in terms of installed capacity.

Also, on 27 July, solar and wind energy generation in India had surged to a record high of 43.1 GW per day.

It should be noted that while the installed capacity has surpassed the 100 GWs milestone, another 50 GWs of capacity is presently under installation across India. Also, another 27 GWs capacity is presently under tendering phase.

Interestingly, the 100 GW installed renewable energy (RE) generation capacity does not include the power generated by the large hydroelectric projects, which if added would increase the installed RE generation capacity to 146 GW.

India has publicly announced its ambition to install 450 GWs of renewable energy capacity by 2030. This will also help India greatly in its fight against climate change as India plans to reduce its carbon footprint by 33-35 per cent from its 2005 levels by 2030 and meet 40 per cent of its electricity needs from non-fossil fuel sources by then, as part of its commitments to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change adopted by 195 countries in Paris in 2015.