With 12,640MW in
cumulative installed capacity of renewable energy, Karnataka this year has
become number one state in the country in enhancing its renewable energy
It is the only state to have added 5265.26 MW
of installed solar capacity.
The co-founder of
CleanMax Solar, Mr Andrew Hines, explaining the drive behind reaching the
number one spot, said that despite the uneven tendering activity by the
government, the sustainable aspirations from the corporate segment and the
consistent private demand for renewable energy drove the state to the number
added 270 MWp of utility-scale solar projects, as the number one developer
under the Karnataka solar policy. Our rooftop business also saw a steady
growth, as we passed the 100 MWp mark early in the year and expect to hit 200
MWp of operational rooftop solar plants in early 2019. Open access solar
volumes also grew significantly,” he said.
said that rooftop solar represents 10% of the country’s solar volumes and by
2019, it is expected to add approximately 10 GW of solar capacity.
this year, Karnataka overtook Denmark and the Netherlands by enhancing its
renewable energy capacity with an installed capacity of 12.3 GW. It includes 5
GW of solar energy, 4.7 GW of wind energy, and approximately 2.6 GW of hydro,
biomass, and heat and power co-generation.
Sunil Rathi, Director, Waaree Energies, believes that 2018 was the landmark
year for the solar sector. “It was an especially defining year for domestic
manufacturers who received continued support from the government through the
imposition of the safeguard duty. This created a level playing field, for
manufacturers to showcase their capabilities, and bring in disruptive R&D,”
utility scale energy storage solutions being considered the next big step and
with the rising economies of scale, we can see India heading towards a future
of energy security through renewable energy,” he said.