India’s solar power capacity surpasses 5GW

More than 5GW of solar capacity has been installed in India. The nation added 1.4GW in the last year, reaching 5.13GW in total. The state of Rajasthan led the way, […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

More than 5GW of solar capacity has been installed in India.

The nation added 1.4GW in the last year, reaching 5.13GW in total.

The state of Rajasthan led the way, with the installation of 1.26GW, followed by Gujarat (1GW), Madhya Pradesh (679MW) and Tamil Nadu (419MW).

The government has set an ambitious target of generating 100GW of solar energy by 2022 under its National Solar Mission.

It aims to produce 60GW through ground-mounted solar arrays and 40GW through rooftop panels systems, for which it pledged to spend around £509 million in the next five years.

It has also set yearly targets to monitor solar generation in the county. The target for the current year is 2GW.

Last month, India launched a global solar alliance with France at COP21 in Paris.