Solar Power Generation in India Grows 34 Per cent in Q1 2019

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In 2018-19 fiscal, out of the overall electricity generation, more than 90 per cent share is of non-renewable sources and renewables make up for only 9 per cent

Over the last few years, the generation of solar power in India has witnessed substantial growth. Solar power generation in the country increased by 34 per cent in the first quarter of 2019 as compared to the same period last year, according to the data released by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA).

The solar power accounted for more than 11.4 BUs of electricity generated in the January-March quarter of 2019 as compared to 8.5 BUs produced in the same quarter of 2018.

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During the entire fiscal of 2018-19, the country produced around 39.2 BUs of solar power, a growth of about 52 per cent as compared to the previous fiscal of 2017-18.

Share of renewable sources is still low

Even though the capacity additions in renewable energy are increasing at a fast pace, due to its lesser capacity factor, the actual generation of electricity tends to be substantially low in comparison to nuclear, gas or a coal power plant.

With all the new wind and solar installations, the renewables still just make up 10 per cent of the overall energy generation in India. This shows that how far the country must go before renewables begin making a dent in carbon emissions.

In 2018-19 fiscal, out of the overall electricity generation, more than 90 per cent share is of non-renewable sources and renewables make up for only 9 per cent. In the last four years, the power generation from non-renewable sources has dropped, with the non-renewables share coming down to 91 per cent in 2018-19 from 94 per cent in 2015-16. During the same period, energy generation from renewables has improved from 5.6 per cent to 9.2 per cent.

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