India adds 3.6 GW to solar capacity
India’s total installed solar capacity has grown by over 80 per cent in the last 12 months to reach 8.1 GW. Six states account for 80 per cent of the capacity added in India.
Out of the 3.6 GW capacity added in this period, 2.7 GW has come from four southern states with Tamil Nadu alone adding over 1.2 GW.
According to the data by Bridge to India, Tamil Nadu now ranks number one for commissioned capacity in both wind and solar. Feed in tariff for solar has been about Rs 7.01 unit.
“ Such heavy regional concentration of solar capacity addition raises two key issues. Where is future demand going to come from? This is the growing concern for the sector as India faces a unique problem of excess power supply and most of the big power consuming states seem understandably reluctant to set up new solar capacities,” said Jasmeet Khurana, associate director-consulting, from Bridge to India.