India will add 3,790MW of solar power generation capacity by end of March, taking total capacity to 9,038MW from existing 5,248MW, according to a status report by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
Tendering for solar project totaling a capacity of 15,177MW has already been completed and a total capacity addition of 12,161MW is expected during the financial year 2016-17, it said. After adding 12,161MW solar capacity in 2016-17, India’s solar generation capability will increase to 21,199MW by March 2017.
The Indian government has revised the National Solar Mission (NSM) target from 20,000 MW to 1,00,000 MW by 2022. Of the 1,00,000 MW of power that will be generated through solar power, 40,000 MW is to come through grid connected solar rooftop systems.
Solar power generated by each individual household, industrial, institutional, commercial or any other building can be used to partly fulfill the requirement of the building occupants and the surplus, if any, can be fed into the grid. This target will reduce about 60 million tonnes of CO2 per year and will help to fulfill India’s commitment to mitigate the effect of climate change.