India’s installed renewable energy (including large hydro projects) capacity stood at 141.4 GW, accounting for a share of around 37 percent in the overall power mix at the end of Q1 2021, according to consultancy Mercom India. The latest data from the Central Energy Authority (CEA) saw the share of renewable energy increasing from the previous quarter when total renewable installations stood at 138.27 GW.
Solar installations increased to 10.69 percent of the total installed capacity compared to 10.33 percent in Q4 2020. Among renewables, solar accounted for nearly 29 percent of the total installed capacity at the end of March. As of February 2021, the country’s total installations comprised 34.9 GW of utility-scale solar installations and 5.1 GW of rooftop solar installations. Wind installations grew to 10.25 percent at the end of Q1 2021.
Conventional power sources had a cumulative installed capacity of nearly 241 GW, accounting for around 63 percent of the total installed capacity. »Coal continued to lead the way with nearly 202 GW of installations at the end of Q1 2021, a marginal increase from 199.8 GW at the end of Q4 2020,« says the article.