Rajasthan state become First to surpass 10 GW solar capacity

Highlights:

  • According to Mercom’s India Solar Project Tracker, Rajasthan became the first state in the country to surpass 10 GW of cumulative large-scale solar installations.
  • Rajasthan has a total of 32.5 GW of installed power capacity.
  • Renewable energy contributes to 55% of installed power capacity. 
  • Whereas thermal energy contributes 43%, and nuclear energy contributes the remaining 2%.
Details Analysis:
  • Solar is the predominant source in Rajasthan, which accounts for around 36% of the power capacity mix and 64% of renewables. 
  • According to Mercom’s India Solar Project Tracker, Rajasthan has over 16 GW of solar projects under development.
The favorable conditions are:
  • Rajasthan enjoys the highest solar irradiation levels in India.
  • Availability of land to commission solar projects.
  • Minimal power curtailment issues.
  • Rajasthan’s Solar Energy Policy 2019, which aims to achieve a target of 30 GW of solar power by the FY 2024-25.
  • Of this, utility or grid-scale solar parks have a major share, which will account for 24 GW.
  • As of December 2021, the cumulative solar installed capacity of India is 55GW. Within the 55GW, grid-connected utility-scale projects contribute 77%.
  • Mercom India is a subsidiary of the US-based Mercom Capital Group. 
  • It is a clean energy research and communications firm providing expertise in Indian cleantech markets