RENEWABLE ENERGY

India’s Top 5 Solar Power Producers Based on Installed Capacity

In India’s energy sector which is largely dominated by coal powered plants, we take a look at the top 5 power producers which are producing power from what India expects will take over from coal in the long term as its leading source of energy – Solar Energy.

Solar energy has become the leading resource for renewable energy expansion worldwide, and the hallmark example for that is India. In the subcontinent, banking on its aggressive growth over the last few years, solar now ranks ahead of wind energy, as the leading contributor to India’s renewable energy generational capacity.

As of February 29, 2020, a cumulative renewable energy capacity of 132.15 GW had been installed in the country. Of this, grid-connected solar power (installed) capacity accounts for 35.07 GW, with roughly 50 GW capacity in different stages of development or currently under tender.

And there’s more to come, with the central government now trying to catch up to its ambitious target of installing 100 GW (60 GW through utility-scale and 40 GW by rooftop solar) of solar power projects in the country by 2022. A tall task, with a short timeline, but the people in power remain overly optimistic that the targets will be achieved and have since gone on to increase future targets.

Back to the narrative, here we take a look at the top 5 solar power producers in the country based on their installed project capacities.

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