Green energy capacity addition hits slow lane

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Renewable energy capacity addition continues to be poor, as the country has added only about 541 mw of new capacity during the third quarter. This is an indication of a weak scenario, as total new capacity added into the grid during the first nine months was not even half of the capacity addition target set for the current fiscal.

During April-December 2012 period, India has added 1,763 mw of grid-interactive new capacity from various renewable energy sources. Third quarter of the current fiscal saw a modest addition of just 541 mw when compared with capacity addition of 727 mw in second quarter and 495 mw in first quarter of this fiscal. Thus, the overall new capacity addition during the nine-month period was not even half of the capacity target of 4,125 mw for the current fiscal.

Of the 1,763 mw new capacity added during April-December 2012 period, wind sector continues to lead the new capacity addition and contributed about 1,068 mw, while the rest was accounted by baggase cogeneration, solar, small hydro, biomass and waste-to-power at 254 mw, 235 mw, 101 mw, 98 mw and six mw respectively. Besides, 77 mw of off-grid/captive power generation capacity from different renewable energy sources were also added during the first nine months of this fiscal, according to union ministry of new and renewable energy statement.

With new capacity addition of 1,763 mw during April-December 2012 period, India’s cumulative grid-interactive renewable energy installed capacity stood at 26,678 mw as on December 31, 2012.

Though solar sector has taken off in the country with many states rushing to harness the solar energy through their own policy push besides centre’s sops, wind power sector continues to lead the new capacity addition in the country. Of the total cumulative capacity of 26,678 mw, wind sector accounted for 69 per cent with a share of 18,420 mw, followed by small hydropower at 3,496 mw, bagasse cogeneration power at 2,240 mw, biomass at 1,249 mw, solar at 1,176 mw and waste energy at 96 mw.

The new capacity addition target of 4,125 mw for the current fiscal include contribution of wind sector at 2,500 mw, followed by solar (800 mw), bagasse co-gen (350 mw), small hydro (350 mw), biomass (105 mw) and waste-to-power (20 mw).

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