Rajasthan has topped in installed capacity of solar energy in India with 7737.95MW as per the state-wise report released by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). The state has added a solar installed capacity of 2348.47MW in 2021 within eight months. According to the ministry, Rajasthan is at the top of the green energy capacity combining solar, wind, and smaller bio-power sector.
By the end of March 31 2022, Rajasthan will have a total installed renewable energy capacity of 17,040 megawatts (MW) followed by Tamil Nadu (16,099MW), Karnataka (15,904 MW), Gujarat (16,587 MW) and Maharashtra (10,657 MW).
While it has lagged states like Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra in wind power coming at fifth position in the country with 4,326 MW, its leadership position in solar energy has taken its overall renewable contribution to top position in the country.The state added a record new solar installed capacity of 2348.47 MW and nearly Rs 10,000 crore investments within just eight months in 2021.
Chief minister Ashok Gehlot said, “Rajasthan with vast tracts of barren land is now leading the green energy revolution in India. Rajasthan’s solar generation potential has been assessed at 142 GW. The state government plans to systematically harness this potential and has set for itself an ambitious target of 30 GW capacity by 2024-25, which will transform the energy scape of the state and the country.”
He said Rajasthan’s Solar Energy Policy 2019 has been beneficial to the solar sector investors. Additionally, Rajasthan Investment Promotion Scheme (RIPS) scheme to promote investment in the state has driven the growth of the overall investment in the renewable energy sector in the state. In fact, in April 2021, the state had approved the customized investment proposals totalling 34,200 MW of Adani, Renew Power, JSW Solar, Greenko in the renewal energy, of which, majority of them are in solar energy clubbed with wind and hydro.