As the Central government wants to achieve the target of installing 175 GW of renewable energy capacity (excluding large hydro) by 2022, Karnataka, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu along with Rajasthan and Telangana have emerged engines of clean energy mission in the last three-and-a-half years.
According to the government data, Karnataka has emerged a leader in the clean energy mission as it has produced the largest quantity of solar, wind, small hydro and bio power from April 2017 to December 2020.
Solar power continues to dominate the clean energy chart contributing 76 per cent of the total clean energy produced during this period. Harnessing solar energy is one of the major components of India’s renewable energy strategy. Most parts of India receive abundant solar radiation and the country has an estimated solar energy potential of about 750 GW solar power.
The government wants to meet the target for installing 175 GW of renewable energy capacity (excluding large hydro) by producing 100 GW from solar, 60 GW from wind, 10 GW from biomass and 5 GW from small hydro.