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India nears 100MW of rooftop solar capacity

According to reports, India has 98.05 MW of rooftop solar capacity coming up. Jharkhand tops the list of States with rooftop solar capacity with 16 MW under its belt. Rajasthan follows it with 12 MW and Andhra Pradesh has 10.5 MW.

Of the 98.05-MW spread across 78 projects, 58.05 MW has been commissioned, while the rest are under way. This was disclosed in Parliament by the Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Mr Farooq Abdullah, last week. Eleven more projects would be completed by June, he said.

Many experts are of the view that the real solar story in India is not so much the MW-scale plants, but the rooftops and micro-grids. Such projects lighten the load on the grid and also avoid transmission and distribution losses.

The Minister also disclosed that under the National Solar Mission programme, 125 MW of solar PV capacity has been commissioned, apart from 46 MW of ‘migration project’, or projects that were conceived prior to the announcement of the Mission under various other schemes, but were allowed to ‘migrate’ into the scheme later.

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