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Combined installed solar power capacity up to 101 MW in Tamil Nadu

According to reports, a slowdown in the growth of wind power in Tamil Nadu may not mean the same for another area of renewable energy.

The State witnessed the highest quantum of capacity addition in solar power.

In the just-concluded financial year of 2013-14, solar power units of 81 megawatt (MW) were added. This took the combined installed capacity to 101 MW. In the last one year, the units of 79 MW had been commissioned under the Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) scheme, while rooftop units of about 2 MW were put up, according to official data. A large chunk of the solar units has been put up by high-tension consumers, meaning big commercial and industrial establishments. Industry is upbeat about the development.

C. Narasimhan, president of the Bangalore-based Raasi group of companies, and Pashupathy Gopalan, president of Sun Edison-Asia, a U.S.-based multinational company, say it is an indication of what is to come. Both say the growth could be many more times than what has been achieved.

Pointing out that there are tariff issues to be sorted out, Mr. Narasimhan calls for the intervention of the authorities to resolve them at the earliest.

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