India has already achieved one of its goals that were planned for 2022, four years well in advance. This is considered as a giant step by India towards solar energy. The recent data is evident of the fact that India has achieved its solar capacity target of 20GW in 2018. The outcome is a result of the constant encouragement of solar energy by the Modi government. The solar power capacity target for 2022 has been raised to 100 GW under Modi’s governance.
Mercom India has provided the data, which is a clean energy market tracker. The data tells that India achieved this goal in cumulative solar installations. Telangana, Karantaka, Rajasthan, and Andhra Pradesh are leading states in solar installations. Utility scale cumulative installations are accountable for 184 GW of solar capacity. Rooftop installations take only 1.6GW of the total solar capacity installations done.
2017 has alone seen installations of 9.6 GW which comprises of 45 per cent of the total additions made.
The report also brings clarity that while this might appear a big achievement, yet India took 8 years to install 20 GW of solar capacity. New installations will witness new hurdles as the government is thinking about levying new protection policies which will increase the cost and uncertainty to projects.
The new target is of 100 GW of solar capacity installations by 2022. Out of this 60 GW would be installed by large and medium scale solar projects and 40 GW will be dedicated to rooftop solar projects.
The private firms have learnt a lot by gaining vital experience over the years and now they seek the government to create an environment that catalyzes growth and eradicate the ambiguities present in upcoming policies which are harming the industry. Government should take their plea into consideration.