India added an aggregate of 1.2 GW of power generation capacity in the first two months of the current financial year (April-May 2021), all of which came from solar (1 GW) and wind (0.2 GW), according to a new report by Care Ratings.

Additional capacity

The two-month capacity addition has been the highest in the last four years when compared to the same months in the previous years. 

Also, the 1.2 GW of solar and wind capacity addition in the first two months of 2021-22 has been double that of the same period during the previous year. 

As of May 31, 2021, the nation reached a total domestic electricity generation capacity of 383 GW, with conventional energy capacity at 288 GW (75% share in total) and renewable energy capacity at 96 GW (25% share), the Care Ratings analysts stated.

Coal-based power, the dominant source of electricity in the country, has an installed capacity of 209 GW (55% share in total). 

Solar power generation capacity currently stands at 41 GW and wind power at 39 GW. Since 2016-17, capacity addition to solar power has been surpassing all other energy sources.

Source: PV Magazine