India adds 10 GW renewable energy capacity in nine months of 2021: JMK report

India added 8,811 megawatts (MW) solar capacity and 1,246 MW of wind capacity in the first 9 months of 2021. In total 10 gigawatts (GW) of solar and wind capacity were added from January 2021 till September 2021, according to a report by JMK Research.

This is about 280 percent and 101 percent respectively, higher compared to the same period the previous year. The key reason for the significant increase is the commissioning of delayed projects in this period that was supposed to get commissioned earlier but got delayed because of COVID-19 disruption.

In terms of cumulative installations, according to the data released by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) till September 2021, India’s RE installation capacity reached 101.53 GW.

Solar energy contributes for approximately 46 percent share in the total RE segment, making it the major contributor followed by wind energy (39 percent) Bio Power (10 percent) and small Hydro (5 percent).

States including Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, and Maharashtra added maximum solar capacity in this period accounting for 68.53 percent of all solar installations.

In the wind energy segment, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka contributed about 98.66 percent of India’s total wind installations

In the rooftop solar segment, about 2,068 MW of new capacity was added from January to September 2021, which is 134 percent higher than 883 MW capacity added from January to September 2020.

Gujarat leads the chart with a capacity addition of 531 MW, accounting for nearly 26 percent of the total rooftop installations during the analysis period.

Next to Gujarat, Maharashtra (501 MW), Haryana (217 MW) and Uttarakhand (181 MW) are the leading states with the most installed rooftop solar capacity.

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