According to reports, India added modest capacities of renewable power during the first quarter of the present financial year even though it was higher than the capacity added during the first quarter of the previous financial year. The first quarter of the present financial year saw just 13 per cent of the capacity addition target for the present financial year.
Wind continued to account for a major share as the total installed capacity of wind power in the country is expected to breach 20,000 mw in the coming quarter.
The grid-interactive renewable energy capacity addition target for this financial year was pegged at 4325 mw. During the April-June period, India has added just 566 mw of new capacity from three renewable energy sources. During the same period a year ago, India added 495 mw of new capacity from all sources.
Of the 566 mw new capacity added during Q1 of this financial year, the wind sector contributed about 512 mw, while solar and small hydro contributed 73 mw and 54 mw, respectively. Besides, 12 mw of off-grid/captive power generation capacity was added from different renewable energy sources during the quarter, according to Union ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE).
With addition of 566 mw of new capacity during the first quarter, India’s installed capacity of cumulative grid-interactive renewable energy increased to 28,709 mw as on June 30.
The wind power sector remains a major driver of new capacity addition. Of the total cumulative capacity of 28,709 mw, the wind sector accounted for 68 per cent with a share of 19,565 mw, followed by small hydro power at 3,686 mw, biogas cogeneration at 2,337 mw, biomass at 1,265, solar at 1,759 mw and energy out of waste at 96 mw. Tamil Nadu accounts for about 40 per cent of wind power capacity addition in the country.
The cumulative off-grid/captive power generation capacity from different renewable energy sources stood at 895 mw at the end of the first quarter. Of the 4,325 mw new capacity target fixed for FY14, wind is expected to contribute 2,500 mw, followed by solar (1100 mw), biogas (300 mw), biomass (105 mw), small hydro (300 mw) and waste-to-power (20 mw).