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Karnataka tops in total installed renewable capacity: CRISIL Research report

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On April 28, 2020, According to a CRISIL Research report, Karnataka retained its 1st position in terms of total installed renewable capacity in FY20 followed by Tamil Nadu(2nd) & Gujarat(3rd). The top 3 states in overall solar energy capacity addition are Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka & in wind energy- Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.Clean energy Gujarat, Rajasthan shine in FY20Position List

Position SecuredStateTotal installed renewable capacity in Mega Watt (MW)
2Tamil Nadu14, 347

Key Points

i.Karnataka’s total renewable energy installed capacity stood at 15,232 MegaWatt(MW) as on March 31, 2020, against 13,845 MW as on March 31, 2019. It has the highest installed capacity for solar at 7,278 MW, up from 6,096 MW a year ago. Its wind energy capacity is at 4,791 MW.

Reasons why Karnataka retained the position

  • Many SECI (Solar Energy Corporation of India)-led schemes have enabled commissioning of projects in the Pavagada solar park with the capacity of 2,050 MW of solar projects.
  • The state has enabled the commissioning of several rounds of solar schemes under its solar policy (Karnataka Renewable Energy Corporation Ltd-led rounds), which boost additions over the past 3 fiscals.
  • The state has also exploited wind capacity, particularly in the districts near Ghats, and facilitated a favourable open access policy capacity until FY18 which helped capacity additions.

ii.Tamil Nadu has retained the position with its cumulative installed capacity of 14,347 MW, up from 13,457 MW as on March 31, 2019. It continues to be the leader in wind energy with a total installed capacity of 9,304 MW, up from 8,969 MW a year ago & its solar power capacity rose to 3,916 MW (includes both rooftop and ground-mounted), from 2,575 MW a year ago.

iii.Gujarat’s total installed clean energy capacity stood at 10,586 MW (8,652 MW last year), where its capacity crossed 10,000 MW and has more than 10 GW of installed capacity after Karnataka & Tamil Nadu.

iv.Maharashtra capacity during FY20 increased by 378 MW to 9,710 MW & secured the 4th position and Rajasthan came 5th with a  total installed capacity of 9,583 MW.

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