As India rushes to meet the installation goal set by the government of 100 GW by 2022, now is a good time to check the progress of solar among states. Southern states are well ahead in installations as of the end of Q1 2018, surpassing states like Rajasthan and Gujarat which are rich in sunshine. Karnataka has built up a good lead and is likely to stay on at the top for some time while other states jockey to climb up the list as the year progresses.
Here is a quick glance at the top solar states in the country:
Karnataka tops the list exceeding 5 GW of cumulative solar installations and represents 24 percent market share of the total installed capacity in India as of Q1 2018, according to Mercom’s India Solar Project Tracker.
The state of Telangana has an installed capacity of 3.2 GW and a project development pipeline consisting of approximately 200 MW of solar projects.
The state of Rajasthan, with high solar insolation best suited for the development of solar projects, has installed approximately 2.3 GW of capacity. The state also has a significant development pipeline of approximately 1.5 GW.
The state of Andhra Pradesh has 2.3 GW of solar projects installed and a project development pipeline of over 600 MWs.
The state of Tamil Nadu has 1.8 GW of installed solar capacity and a huge project development pipeline consisting of over 2 GW.
Gujarat has approximately 1.4 GW of solar projects installed in the state and a development pipeline of over half a gigawatt.
Madhya Pradesh also has approximately 1.3 GW of installed solar projects and another gigawatt of projects that are currently in the development pipeline.
The state of Maharashtra has 1.1 GW of installed solar projects so far and has 350 MW in the development pipeline.
Punjab has achieved an installed capacity of 810 MW and has a very small pipeline of solar projects in its development pipeline.
Uttar Pradesh, with merely 635 MW of installed solar capacity, has managed to grab the tenth spot on the list. The state has a project development pipeline of about 300 MW.
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Ankita is an editor at MercomIndia.com where she writes and edits clean energy news stories and features. With years of experience in the news business, Ankita has a nose for news and an eye for detail. Prior to Mercom, Ankita was associated with The Times of India as a copy editor for the organization’s digital news desk. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Delhi University and a Postgraduate Diploma in journalism. More articles from Ankita Rajeshwari.