According to reports, the country’s renewable energy sector is likely to miss its capacity addition target for the second year in a row. As against the annual target of 4,325 MW, only 1,922 MW has been achieved during the first nine months of the current fiscal, according to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
However, amid concern over slow progress, the installed capacity for wind power has crossed 20,000 MW this fiscal, while the overall grind-interactive renewable power capacity is set to cross 30,000 MW shortly. With the addition of 1,922 MW in nine months (marginally higher when compared with 1,763 MW in the year-ago period), India’s total grid-interactive renewable energy capacity addition stood at 29,989 MW as on December 31, 2013.
During April-December 2013, wind and solar segments contributed 1096 MW and 495 MW respectively, while the rest was contributed by small hydro, bagasse co-generation, biomass and waste-to-energy categories. Besides, 67 mw of off-grid/ captive power generation capacity from different renewable energy sources were also added during the period.
Presently, wind makes up 67 per cent of India’s total installed capacity of green power. Of the total cumulative capacity of 29,989 MW, wind sector contributed 20,149 MW, followed by small hydro power at 3,763 MW, bagasse cogeneration power at 2,513 MW, solar at 2,180 MW, biomass at 1,285 MW, and waste-to-energy at 99 MW. The cumulative off-grid/ captive power generation capacity from different renewable energy sources in the country stood at 945 MW by the end of December 2013.