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Home News Power Sector News Clean energy capacity addition crosses 25,000 mw mark in FY12

Clean energy capacity addition crosses 25,000 mw mark in FY12

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renewable energyWith highest ever-annual capacity addition, the country has achieved a landmark in clean power segment in FY 2011-12. The grid-connected renewable energy capacity in India has touched 25,000 mw in FY12."The total installed capacity of grid-interactive renewable power has reached about 25,000 mw by the end of 2011-12. Of this, about 5,000 mw generation capacity was added during FY12 and that was the highest ever renewable capacity addition in any one year," said UPA Report to the People 2011-12. "We are harnessing wind, solar and bio-power as never before. These efforts are helping us light up small hamlets and villages in remote corners of our country without harming the environment. We will continue these efforts and expand them," it added.

The total grid-interactive generation capacity in the country is - wind power at 17,353 mw, solar power at 941 mw, small hydro power at 3,396 mw and bio-power at 3,225 mw.

In 2011-12, a total of 1,056 villages were covered by PV solar lighting system, which constitutes about 11 per cent of the total villages/hamlets covered through renewable energy for lighting purposes till now. The past three years saw significant capacity addition in renewable energy sector. A total capacity of over 10,400 mw has been added from various renewable power generation projects during the last three years — 2009-10, 2010-11 & 2011-12. This comprises of 7,112 mw wind power, 965 mw small hydro power, 1,414 mw bio-power and 940 mw solar power.

Thanks to national solar mission, solar power installed capacity has risen from 8 mw in January 2010 to 1,000 mw now , with Gujarat accounting for over 650 mw of capacity.

During the period 2009-2012, FDI inflow was to the tune of Rs 5,826 crore ($ 1245 million) in 319 renewable energy projects across the country. The ministry of new and renewable energy has proposed specific targets for capacity addition various sources for the period 2012-17 in its twelfth five year plan proposals submitted to planning commission.

A target of 29,800 mw comprising 15,000 mw wind power, 2,100 mw small hydro power, 10,000 mw solar power and 2,700 mw bio-power has been proposed for capacity addition of grid-interactive renewable power during the 12th five year plan, according to Farooq Abdullah, minister of new and renewable energy. However, the government does not propose the state-wise targets for renewable power capacity addition.

Source- Mydigitalfalc

 

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