Wednesday, 4 January 2012

India to build 400 megawatts of solar, two-thirds less than plan
31 Dec 2011

India will complete 400 MWs of solar power connected to the grid this fiscal year, two-thirds less than previously forecast by state and central governments. India has so far built 180 MWs during the year ending March 31, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy said in an e-mailed statement today. Gujarat had planned to build more than 900 MWs during the fiscal year as part of a regional solar program, according to documents obtained from the state government. In addition, the central government's Solar Mission had a forecast of 302 MWs, according to a list of plans from the ministry. The mission involved 150 MWs of operations awarded by auction, 98 MWs of rooftop developments and 54 MWs of capacity under a program to consolidate state-level projects. India's renewable energy capacity has grown 20% in 2011 to 22,447 MWs, according to the statement. wind farms made up most of the increase, adding a total of 2,827 MWs.