From barely about 2,400 mega watt of solar power in 2014, India today boasts of over 8000 mw of solar power capacity–which is nearly three and a half times increase in just two years.
The Government is implementing several scheme for the promotion of Solar Power in the country. This includes the hilly/ mountain states like solar rooftop Scheme, scheme on Off-grid & Decentralized Solar Applications, solar Park Scheme for setting up of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects targeting over 20,000 MW of solar power projects.
In addition, other schemes being implemented includes setting up 1000 MW of Grid-Connected Solar PV Power Projects by Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSUs) and Government of India organisations with Viability Gap Funding (VGF), scheme for setting up over 300 MW of Grid-Connected Solar PV Power Projects by Defence Establishments and Para Military Forces with Viability Gap Funding(VGF), pilot-cum-demonstration project for development of grid connected solar PV power plants on canal banks and canal tops, bundling Scheme – 15000 MW grid-connected solar PV power plants through NTPC Ltd./ NVVN and VGF Scheme for setting up of 2000 MW of Grid Connected Solar PV Power Projects through the state-owned Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).
Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines informed the Lok Sabha that the total accumulative capacity of over 44235 MW have been installed in the country from various renewable energy sources.
These sources include 27151 MW of Wind Power, 7805 MW of Solar Power, 4304 MW of Small Hydro Power and 4975 MW of Biopower.