Solar installations in India reached 12,288.83 MW as
of the end of financial year (FY) 2016-2017. The states of Andhra Pradesh,
Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Gujarat, and Karnataka each now have more
than 1 GW of solar installed.
With 1,867.23 MW, Andhra Pradesh had the most solar
installed, followed by Tamil Nadu with 1,691.83 MW, Telangana with 1,286.98 MW,
Gujarat installed 1,249.37 MW, Karnataka installed 1,027.84 MW, and Rajasthan
has an installed capacity of 1,812.93 MW, stated Mr. Piyush Goyal, Minister for
Power, in the Rajya Sabha.
However, the recent REWA
auction has led to a lull in tendering. A Ministry of New and Renewable
Energy (MNRE) official told Mercom to wait until the end of April end and new
tenders will be out. Most of the states are either revisiting or have finalized
their tender guidelines in accordance with the REWA tender and we are hoping
that the country will add close to 10 GW of solar in the current financial
The rooftop solar sector is growing slowly with 656 MW installed
by the end of financial year 2016-17. Mercom previously
reported, solar rooftop solar was lagging in India. The MNRE has allocated
Rs.50 billion (~$0.776 billion) to install 4,200 MW of rooftop solar in India
The MNRE official further stated, for rooftop in almost
every state, developers and contractors are being asked to be empaneled with the implementing agencies. State governments are providing
subsidies along with those provided by the central government; from this
financial year onwards it will be safe to say that 1.5 GW of rooftop
installations is our target.
to Mercom’s India Solar Project Tracker, as of March
31, 2017, 12.5 GW of solar is under various stages of development in India.
Solar park capacity has been doubled from 20
GW to 40 GW. These are positive signs that
India is moving towards becoming one of the largest solar energy markets in the