Indian state Madhya Pradesh targets 1.4 GW of solar power by 2015


The government of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh announced this week its plans to install 1,200 MW of solar power by the middle of 2015, putting the state’s solar energy capacity at 1.4 GW.

Currently, Madhya Pradesh has 202 MW of installed PV power, but S R Mohanty, the state’s principal secretary, announced at an event at the Gujarat Chambers of Commerce and Industry the government’s intentions to build upon its recent solar expansion.

Mohanty revealed that the state’s PV capacity stood at just 2 MW in April 2012, and will reach 220 MW by the end of 2013.

"In the second quarter of 2013, 191 MW of solar capacity was added in India, of which 145 MW was added in Madhya Pradesh, which is almost 80%," said Mohanty.

The state’s wider renewable energy objectives are even loftier, with a projected 3.8 GW of clean power projects planned for 2015, with wind power set to account for 1.9 GW, biomass coming in at 300 MW, and small hydro projects at 200 MW. If achieved, the state’s renewable energy generation capacity would stand at 21.11% of all power produced by 2015, up from 2012’s 5% level.

Mohanty added: "There are currently 206 projects under execution, which will generate more than 4,000 MW of power through renewable energy."