India’s solar power capacity addition down 15.5 per cent at 8.2 GW in 2018


India’s solar power capacity addition down 15.5 per cent at 8.2 GW in 2018

Solar capacity addition in India last year came down by 15.5 per cent to 8,263 MW as compared to 2017 due to safeguard duty and issues related to GST and transmission, a report said. The year 2017 saw new solar installations of 9,782 MW.

According to the report by Mercom India Research, the safeguard duty and issues related to land, transmission and GST took a toll on large-scale installations in 2018.  However, it said the rooftop solar had an impressive year, growing 66 per cent year-on-year.

Total power capacity additions in India stood at 16.3 GW in 2018 from all sources. Of this, renewable energy sources accounted for nearly 70 per cent, with solar representing 50.7 per cent and wind 14 per cent.  Read More

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