UPA report – Renewable Energy Highlights
According to the report, the past three years witnessed significant capacity addition in renewable energy sector. A total capacity of over 10,400 MW has been added from various renewable power generation projects during the last three years. The total installed capacity of grid-interactive renewable energy has reached about 25,000 MW by the end of 2011-12. Of this, about 5,000 MW generation capacity was added during 2011-12, which is the highest ever renewable capacity addition in any one year.
The report said that the power generation from wind, solar, biomass and small hydro power has witnessed an unprecedented growth. “The total grid-interactive generation capacity in the country of wind power now stands at 17,353 MW, solar power at 941 MW, small hydro power at 3396 MW and bio-power at 3225 MW,” the report said.
The increase in renewable power generation, both grid-connected and off-grid, has helped in lighting up rural communities to a greater extent. The report says that in 2011-12, a total of 1056 villages were covered by solar photovoltaic (PV) lighting system, which constitutes about 11 per cent of the total villages / hamlets covered through renewable energy for lighting purposes till date.