The government is planning to issue solar tenders of 20 gigawatt (GW) capacity till June 2021 in order to achieve the National Solar Mission’s target of installing 100 GW grid-connected solar power capacity by 2022, new and renewable energy minister R K Singh said on Tuesday.
“A cumulative grid-connected solar power capacity of 35.07 GW had been installed in the country as on 29 February, 2020, with an additional capacity of 21.35 GW under various stages of implementation and 31.27 GW under various stages of bidding,” Singh said in a written reply in Parliament.
The government has formulated and is implementing various schemes for promotion, development and deployment of solar power in the country to meet the targets.
Under the National Solar Mission, the solar park scheme for setting up solar parks and ultra mega solar power projects targeting over 40,000 MW projects is underway.
Apart from this, other schemes such as for setting up of grid-connected solar photovoltaic power projects with viability gap funding, and the government’s flagship PM-KUSUM are being implemented, among others.
According to data reported on SPIN portal of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, till 13 March, 2020, rooftop solar power plants of an aggregate capacity of 1,922 MW have been installed in the country of which 346 MW have been installed in the residential sector, the minister said in reply to a separate question.
India’s total solar power generation in 2018-19 stood at 39,268 million units (MU), an increase of about 52 per cent from 25,872 MU recorded for 2017-18, according to data tabled in Parliament in reply to a separate question.
The government has set a target of installing 100 GW of solar capacity by December 2022.