Renewables account for 22% of India's installed power in 2018

The Pavgada solar park in Karnataka, India. Photo by: Greenko (www.greenkogroup.com).

February 8 (Renewables Now) - Renewables are India’s second largest power generation source in terms of installed capacity after coal, show statistics by consultancy Mercom Capital.

The country’s cumulative installed renewables capacity at end-2018 amounted at 77.5 GW, which accounted for 22% of the overall power generation capacity of 353 GW. The newly-commissioned renewable energy facilities last year totalled 12.2 GW.

The largest contributor on the renewable energy front at end-2018 was wind power, with installed capacity of 35.1 GW, which increased from 32.8 GW a year earlier and accounted for nearly 10% of the overall power capacity. The second spot was taken by solar with 27.9 GW of installed capacity and a share of 7.91% in the country’s cumulative power production capacity.

According to Mercom’s data, coal was India’s number one power generation source, with a share of 54.2%. Hydropower plants were responsible for 7.1% of the total power mix, with 45.4 GW of installations. The share of gas was 7.1%, while that of nuclear power was 1.92% only.

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