Scenario of Renewable Energy In India

India is one of the countries with the largest production of energy from renewable sources. In the electricity sector, renewable energy (excluding large hydro) accounted for 20% of the total installed power capacity (71.325 GW) as of 30 June 2018.

India is running one of the largest and most ambitious renewable capacity expansion programs in the world. Newer renewable electricity sources are projected to grow massively by nearer term 2022 targets, including a more than doubling of India's large wind power capacity and an almost 15 fold increase in solar power from April 2016 levels. Such ambitious targets would place India among the world leaders in renewable energy use and place India at the centre of its "Sunshine Countries" International Solar Alliance project promoting the growth and development of solar power internationally to over 120 countries.

India is densely populated and has high solar insolation, an ideal combination for using solar power in India.

Solar power in India is a fast developing industry. The country's solar installed capacity reached 26 GW as of 30 September 2018.

India expanded its solar-generation capacity 8 times from 2,650 MW on 26 May 2014 to over 20 GW as on 31 January 2018.

The 20 GW capacity was initially targeted for 2022 but the government achieved the target four years ahead of schedule.

India expanded its solar-generation capacity 8 times from 2,650 MW on 26 May 2014 to over 20 GW as on 31 January 2018.

The 20 GW capacity was initially targeted for 2022 but the government achieved the target four years ahead of schedule.

With about 300 clear and sunny days in a year, the calculated solar energy incidence on India's land area is about 5000 trillion KiloWatt-Hours (kWh) per year (or 5 EWh/ year). The solar energy available in a single year exceeds the possible energy output of all of the fossil fuel energy reserves in India.

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