India added 11.1 GW of solar capacity from January to November 2021

India added about 11.1 GW of solar capacity from January 2021 till November 2021. This is about 249% higher compared to the installations done in 2020. In terms of cumulative installations, according to the data released by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), till November 2021, India’s RE installation capacity reached ~104 GW. Solar energy now contributes for approximately 47% share in the total RE segment now making it the largest contributor followed by wind energy (38%), Bio Power (10%) and Small Hydro (5%).

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Figure 1: RE installation trends in India

Source: CEA, JMK Research

Note: Solar capacity includes utility scale solar, rooftop solar and off-grid/distributed solar capacity

During Jan-Nov 2021 period, about 7 GW of utility scale solar is added. Rajasthan added the highest utility scale solar capacity of about 3,615 MW, followed by Gujarat (1,538 MW) and Uttar Pradesh (674 MW).

In the rooftop solar segment, about 2605 MW of new capacity was added during January to November 2021 period. Gujarat ranks first among the states with a capacity addition of 660 MW, accounting for nearly 25% of the total rooftop installations during the analysis period. Next to Gujarat, Maharashtra (597 MW), Haryana (266 MW) and Rajasthan (225 MW) are the leading states with the maximum rooftop solar capacity addition.

Figure 2: State-wise solar and wind capacity addition in India from Jan-Nov 2021

Source: MNRE, JMK Research