India allocates 1.172 GW of solar power

25. February 2013 | Applications & Installations, Markets & Trends | By:  Becky Beetz

Over the last three years, India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has assigned 1.172 GW worth of grid-connected solar power plants. Of these, 369 MW have already been commissioned.

India Gujarat solar photovoltaic plant

At 824.09 MW, the state of Gujarat has installed the most photovoltaics in India.

Overall, MNRE has allocated 1.172 GW worth of solar projects via various programs over the last three years. Until January 31, 369 MW have been commissioned via 132 power plants, including one 2.5 MW solar thermal plant and 131 photovoltaic plants totaling 366 MW.

Of the 131 photovoltaic plants completed, says MNRE, 65 comprise locally made solar cells and modules. Meanwhile, it adds that bids for photovoltaic tariffs under the first and second phases of India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) averaged Rs. 12.16/kWh (around US$0.22, or €0.17) and Rs. 8.77, respectively.

The table below presents the solar power capacity installed in the various Indian states over the last three years, according to MNRE:

State

Installed capacity (MW)

Andhra Pradesh

23.15

Chhattisgarh

4.00

Gujarat

824.09

Haryana

7.80

Jharkhand

16.00

Karnataka

14.00

Madhya Pradesh

7.75

Maharashtra

25.00

Orissa

13.00

Punjab

9.00

Rajasthan

251.25

Tamil Nadu

17.05

Uttar Pradesh

12.00

Uttranchal              

5.00

West Bengal

2.12

Delhi

2.52

Total

1.233.73


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