India's solar power capacity at 72.02 GW: RK Singh

India has added a total of 72.02 GW solar power capacity so far, Union Minister for New & Renewable Energy and Power, R. K. Singh told the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. Of the total solar power capacity, 55.71 GW is from ground-mounted installations, 11.08 GW from rooftop solar, 2.55 GW from solar components of hybrid projects, and 2.68 GW from off-grid solar.

Singh shared this information while responding to three different queries in the Rajya Sabha. State-wise data reveals a growth in solar power capacity since 2019-20, with Gujarat, Karnataka, and Rajasthan making substantial contributions. Private sector investments, facilitated through a transparent bidding process, have been instrumental in driving these installations. Furthermore, the northeastern states receive additional financial support for solar power projects through the Rooftop Solar and PM-KUSUM schemes.

In the fiscal year 2023-24, a total budget allocation of Rs 5,917.25 crore has been made for solar energy. However, this budget is not distributed on a state-wise basis. The government is dedicated to the development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects, with a target of establishing at least 50 solar parks with a combined capacity of 40,000 MW. As of October 31, 2023, 50 solar parks have been approved in 12 states, with a sanctioned capacity of 37,490 MW. Out of these, 18 solar parks have commissioned 10,237 MW of solar projects.

Minister Singh’s announcement highlights India’s commitment to renewable energy and the significant progress made in the solar power sector. The government’s efforts, combined with private sector investments and state-wise initiatives, have propelled India towards achieving its goals in renewable energy.


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