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Web Exclusive | August 2018

India using just 7% of RE potential

Combining renewable energies like wind, solar, biomass and small hydro resources, India is using only 7 per cent of it. The cumulative renewable power installed capacity in December 2017 was 62.8 GW while in March 2018, it reached 69.5 GW. The share of renewable energy projects in India’s electricity generation was 5.6 per cent in 2015-16, 6.6 per cent in 2016-17 and 8 per cent in 2017-18. Rajasthan has the highest share of about 14 per cent in renewable energy, followed by Gujarat with 13 per cent and Maharashtra with 10 per cent, mainly on account of solar power. The government had set a target of raising renewable energy capacity from under 40 GW in April 2014 to 175 GW by the end of 2022. Since then, 30.5 GW or about 23 per cent of this planned addition has been achieved. The 175 GW target includes 60 GW from wind power, 100 GW from solar power, 10 GW from biomass power and 5 GW from small hydro power.
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