India has reached yet another milestone in installed solar capacity. The country recently marked 25 GW of installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity, according to Mercom India Research. In the past seven months, over 5 GW of solar PV capacity has been installed in India, including both large-scale and rooftop solar.
In January 2018, Mercom reported that India had achieved 20 GW in cumulative solar installations, meeting the original target set for 2022. Today, that target stands at 100 GW by 2022. In the first half (1H) of calendar year (CY) 2018, India installed 4,943 MW of solar (this includes the installation numbers of January 2018), per Mercom’s India Solar Project Tracker.
Utility-scale solar PV projects in India account for over 22.5 GW of installed capacity and rooftop solar projects account for over 2.4 GW of installed capacity, as of date.
Karnataka is the top solar state of India followed by Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Rajasthan. Rooftop solar project installations are gradually picking up speed in India.
“India achieving 25 percent of its installation target is significant. However, achieving the remaining 75 GW of the target by 2022 looks daunting and will require a huge push to make this happen,” said Raj Prabhu, CEO of Mercom Capital Group.
According to Mercom India Research approximately 1 MW of solar PV capacity was installed every hour in India in the first half of 2018. For the second year in a row solar is the leading new power source added in India.