Renewable energy in India

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Renewable energy in India comes under the purview of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. India was the first country in the world to set up a ministry of non-conventional energy resources, in early 1980s. India's cumulative grid interactive or grid tied renewable energy capacity (excluding large hydro) has reached about 42.85 GW,[1][2][3] surpassing the installed capacity of its Hydroelectric power in India for the first time in Indian history. 63% of the renewable power comes from wind, while solar contributed nearly 16%.[4]

From 2015 onwards the Government began laying down actionable plans for the Renewable Energy sector to make a quantum jump building on strong foundations already established in the country. [5]Renewable electrictricity targets have been upscaled to 175 GW by the year 2022, including 100 GW from solar power, 60 GW from wind power, 10 GW from bio power and 5 GW from small hydro power.[5] The ambitious targets would see India quickly becoming one of the leading Green Energy producers in the world and surpassing numerous developed countries. The government intends to achieve 40% cumulative electric power capacity from non fossil fuel sources by 2030.[5]

Renewable energy sources[edit]

Installed Grid Interactive Renewable Power Capacity in India as of April 30, 2016[1]
Wind Power Solar Power Biomass Power Small Hydro Power Waste-to-PowerCircle frame.svg
  •   Wind Power: 26,866.66 MW (62.7%)
  •   Solar Power: 6,762.85 MW (15.8%)
  •   Biomass Power: 4,831.33 MW (11.3%)
  •   Small Hydro Power: 4,273.47 MW (10.0%)
  •   Waste-to-Power: 115.08 MW (0.3%)
Installed Grid Interactive Renewable Power Capacity in India as of April 30, 2016[1][5]
Source Total Installed Capacity (MW) 2022 target (MW)
Wind Power 26,866.66 60,000.00
Solar Power 6,762.85 100,000.00
Biomass Power
(Biomass & Gasification and Bagasse Cogeneration)
4,831.33 *10,000.00
Small Hydro Power 4,273.47 5,000.00
Waste-to-Power 115.08
Total 42,849.38 175,000.00

* The target is given for "bio-power" which would include biomass power and most likely waste to power or the renewable portion of waste to power generation.

By April 2016 wind power was the leading source of renewable power in India with 26.9 GW installed capacity, almost two thirds of the total renewable power installed capacity. Next came solar power with 6.8 GW installed capacity and biomass power with 4.8 GW accounting for 15.8% and 11.3% of the total renewable power installed capacity. Small hydro power accounted for 4.3 GW and waste to power accounted for just over 0.1 GW installed capacity. Total installed renewable power capacity was just under 43 GW by April 2016.

In terms of meeting its ambitious 2022 targets by April 30th 2016 wind power was almost half way towards its goal, whilst solar power was below 7% of its highly ambitious target, although expansion is expected to be drammatic in the near future. Bio energy was also at just under half way towards its target whilst small hydro power was already 85% of the way to meeting its target. Overall India was 24.5% towards meeting its final 2022 renewable power installed power capacitiy of 175 GW.

Wind power[edit]

The largest wind farm of India in Muppandal, Tamil Nadu.
Main article: Wind power in India

The development of wind power in India began in the 1990s, and has significantly increased in the last few years. Although a relative newcomer to the wind industry compared with Denmark or the US, domestic policy support for wind power has led India to become the country with the fourth largest installed wind power capacity in the world.[6]

As of March 31, 2016 the installed capacity of wind power in India was 26,769.05 MW,[3] mainly spread across Tamil Nadu (7,269.50 MW), Maharashtra (4,100.40 MW), Gujarat (3,454.30 MW), Rajasthan (2,784.90 MW), Karnataka (2,318.20 MW), Andhra Pradesh (746.20 MW) and Madhya Pradesh (423.40 MW)[7] Wind power accounts for 14% of India's total installed power capacity.[8] India has set an ambitious target to generate 60,000 MW of electricity from wind power capacity by 2022.[9]

Some of India's largest wind farms are:

Largest wind farms in India[10]
Wind farm Producer State Current capacity
Muppandal Windfarm Muppandal Wind Tamil Nadu 1,500 [11]
Jaisalmer Wind Park Suzlon Energy Rajasthan 1,275 [12]
Brahmanvel windfarm Parakh Agro Industries Maharashtra 528 [13]
Dhalgaon windfarm Gadre Marine Exports Maharashtra 278 [14]
Chakala windfarm Suzlon Energy Maharashtra 217 [15]
Vankusawade Wind Park Suzlon Energy Maharashtra 189 [16]
Vaspet Windfarm ReNew Power Maharashtra 144 [17]

Solar power[edit]

Main article: Solar power in India

India is densely populated and has high solar insolation, an ideal combination for using solar power in India. Much of the country does not have an electrical grid, so one of the first applications of solar power has been for water pumping, to begin replacing India's four to five million diesel powered water pumps, each consuming about 3.5 kilowatts, and off-grid lighting. Some large projects have been proposed, and a 35,000 km² area of the Thar Desert has been set aside for solar power projects, sufficient to generate 700 to 2,100 gigawatts.

The Indian Solar Loan Programme, supported by the United Nations Environment Programme has won the prestigious Energy Globe World award for Sustainability for helping to establish a consumer financing program for solar home power systems. Over the span of three years more than 16,000 solar home systems have been financed through 2,000 bank branches, particularly in rural areas of South India where the electricity grid does not yet extend.[18][19]

Launched in 2003, the Indian Solar Loan Programme was a four-year partnership between UNEP, the UNEP Risoe Centre, and two of India's largest banks, the Canara Bank and Syndicate Bank.[19]

Announced in November 2009, the Government of India proposed to launch its Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission under the National Action Plan on Climate Change with plans to generate 1,000 MW of power by 2013 and up to 20,000 MW grid-based solar power, 2,000 MW of off-grid solar power and cover 20 million sq metres with collectors by the end of the final phase of the mission in 2020.[20] The Mission aims to achieve grid parity (electricity delivered at the same cost and quality as that delivered on the grid) by 2020. Achieving this target would establish India as a global leader in solar power generation.[21]

Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers Association (IEEMA) Plays a major role in Renewable Energy

India's largest photovoltaic (PV) power plants
Name of Plant DC Peak Power
Welspun Energy 151MW Neemuch Solar Project – Neemuch, Madhya Pradesh[23]   151 Commissioned February 2014
Welspun Energy 50MW Rajasthan Solar Project – Phalodhi, Rajasthan[24]   50 Commissioned March 2013
Mithapur Solar Power Plant – Mithapur, Gujarat (Tata Power)[25]   25 Commissioned February 2012
Waa Solar Power Plant – Surendranagar, Gujarat (Madhav Power)[26]   10 Commissioned December 2011
Charanka Solar Park – Charanka, Gujarat[27]   214 Commissioned April 2012
Adani Power Bitta,Gujarat[28]   40 Commissioned January 2012
Moser Baer Clean Energy Limited – Banaskantha, Gujarat[29]   30 Commissioned October 2011
Sivaganga Photovoltaic Plant[30]   5 Completed December 2010
Kolar Photovoltaic Plant[31]   3 Completed May 2010
Karodiya Solar Park[32]   3 Completed May 2013
Itnal Photovoltaic Plant, Belgaum[33]   3 Completed April 2010
Azure Power – Photovoltaic Plant[34]   2 2009
Jamuria Photovoltaic Plant[35]   2 2009
NDPC Photovoltaic Plant[36]   1 2010
Thyagaraj stadium Plant-Delhi[37]   1 April 2010
Gandhinagar Solar Plant[38]   1 21 January 2011
Tata – Mulshi, Maharashtra[39]   3 Commissioned April 2011
Azure Power – Sabarkantha, Gujarat[40] 10 Commissioned June 2011
Tata – Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu[41]   1 Commissioned July 2011
REHPL – Sadeipali, (Bolangir) Orissa[42]   1 Commissioned July 2011
TATA – Osmanabad, Maharashtra[43]   1 Commissioned 1st Aug 2011
Green Infra Solar Energy Limited- Rajkot, Gujarat[44]   10 Commissioned November 2011
Total 514

Waste to energy[edit]

Every year, about 55 million tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) and 38 billion litres of sewage are generated in the urban areas of India. In addition, large quantities of solid and liquid wastes are generated by industries. Waste generation in India is expected to increase rapidly in the future. As more people migrate to urban areas and as incomes increase, consumption levels are likely to rise, as are rates of waste generation. It is estimated that the amount of waste generated in India will increase at a per capita rate of approximately 1-1.33% annually. This has significant impacts on the amount of land that is and will be needed for disposal, economic costs of collecting and transporting waste, and the environmental consequences of increased MSW generation levels. Waste Energy In India[45]

India has had a long involvement with anaerobic digestion and biogas technologies. Waste water treatment plants in the country have been established which produce renewable energy from sewage gas, however there is significant un-tapped potential.[46] Also wastes from the distillery sector are on some sites converted into biogas to run in a gas engine to generate onsite power.

Types of Waste Waste can be broadly classified into

Prominent companies in the Waste to Energy sector

  • A2Z Group of companies
  • Hanjer Biotech Energies
  • Ramky Enviro Engineers Ltd
  • Hitachi Zosen India Pvt Limited
  • Clarke Energy


See also[edit]


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