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Rajasthan surpasses 500 MW of installed solar PV capacity

According to reports, the Indian state of Rajasthan has commissioned 510 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity, according to the latest report by Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Ltd. (Jaipur, India).

Rajasthan added the majority of this capacity at 314 MW in the 2012-2013 fiscal year, starting with only 5 MW installed in 2010-2011. The majority of the new capacity was added through the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM).

“Rajasthan has been the go-to destination for developers interested in setting up solar PV projects under the first phase of the JNNSM accounting for about 70% of the total capacity installed in the state,” notes RESolve Energy Consultants.

RESolve Energy Consultants states that this capacity has come in three distinct phases. The first was driven by projects added under the migration and RPSSGP program.

The second phase came in late 2011 to early 2013 under the JNNSM, and new capacity in 2013 onward has primarily come through the REC/Open Access mechanism. RESolve states that there is a growing interest in commissioning projects through the REC mechanism, as developers gain confidence.

The majority of PV capacity installed in the state to date has been in the Jodhpur district, with 293 MW installed. This is followed by Jaisalmer with 94 MW installed and Bikaner at 65.9 MW.

Rajasthan is the second state to reach 500 MW of installed PV capacity, following Gujarat, which had installed 824 MW by the end of 2012. Together, these two states represent the vast majority of PV installed in India.

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