Power generation from renewable energy sources continued to increase in the country despite a significant drop in new capacity addition in the sector in Covid-battered 2020-21.
All other key segments such as thermal, hydro and nuclear have reported a drop in power generation during FY21.
The total power generation from renewable energy sources (including solar, wind, bagasse, biomass, small hydro and others) stood at 147.25 billion units in FY21 compared with 138.34 billion units in FY20, an increase of six per cent, according to data from the Central Electricity Authority.
Also, the solar power segment overtook the wind power sector in generation in FY21, which saw the total installed capacity of solar surpassing the wind segment’s.
“There are several factors working here. First is the thrust given to renewable energy by the government.
Second is the growing environmental awareness in the country, and the potential growth is driving more capacity creation here.