NEW DELHI: India’s renewable energy capacity, excluding large hydroelectric projects, hit 100 GW (gigawatts) on Thursday, making it the world’s fourth largest in terms of total installed green energy capacity.
The milestone is commendable for the world’s third-largest polluter as it has been achieved in a short span of five years of prime minister Narendra Modi announcing in 2015 his plan to build 175 GW renewable energy capacity by 2022.
But going by the pace of capacity addition this year, achieving that target within the stipulated time frame will be a herculean task. But a government statement said “India aims to touch 450 GW capacity by 2030, staying resolute in its commitment to sustainable development goals”.
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India's total installed renewable energy generation capacity crossed 100 GW mark on Thursday and the country is fourth in the world in terms of installed renewable energy capacity. The country has set an ambitious target to have 175 GW or 1,75,000 MW of renewable energy capacity by 2022.
"The total installed renewable energy capacity in India, excluding large hydro, has crossed the mile-stone of 100 GW. Today, India stands at 4th position in the world in terms of installed RE capacity, 5th in solar and 4th in wind in terms of installed capacity," an official release said.
While 100 GW has been installed, 50 GW is under installation and 27 GW is under tendering. If large hydro is included the installed renewable energy capacity increases to 146 GW, the release said.