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India Misses Solar Target With 20-Fold Jump in Capacity in Year

According to reports, Indian solar power capacity expanded 20-fold in the past year to at least 356 megawatts, a third of the targeted level, after infrastructure, financing and weather- related delays, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

The country planned to install 1,233 megawatts of central government, regional and pilot projects, the researcher said.

“Many projects in Gujarat state were delayed because of transmission infrastructure problems, rains, and delays in financial closure,” said Bharat Bhushan, Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s New Delhi-based solar analyst. Some are just being completed and more capacity is expected by March, he said.

Gujarat, running India’s largest solar program, has only commissioned 186 megawatts of the 933 megawatts of photovoltaic plants due by Jan. 28, New Energy Finance’s data shows. Of 140 megawatts awarded by central government auction, 75 are built.

India had 17.8 megawatts of solar capacity in December 2010, according to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

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