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The Parliament data shows that Gujarat state received Rs 1,242.71 crore of financial aid from the Ministry in the year 2021-22. A total amount of Rs 2,633 crore was distributed to other states in 2021-22.
Gujarat received 47% of all funds. Sources in Gujarat Energy Development Authority (GEDA) claim that the state has seen a dramatic increase in solar power projects. Already, the state has a solar power generation capacity of 7,806.8 MW.
Gujarat is leading among Indian states in solar power adoption via the state’s rooftop solar policy. The state already has 2,163 MW of rooftop capacity as on 2021-22, which makes up nearly a third of the installed solar power generation capacity here,” said a source. Moreover, nearly 2,000 MW of power generation capacity was added in the state in the previous fiscal year.
Pranav Mehta, Chairman, National Solar and Sustainable Energy Federation of India, said that Gujarat is naturally and legitimately the top state for receiving central financial aid, most of which is for rooftop solar programs. NSEFI and Gujarat’s climate department played an important role in popularizing rooftop projects. They created awareness, and the subsequent adoption and implementation was extensive.
Gujarat, riding strong demand from both the residential and industrial sectors, is likely to see capacity expansion of 15 gigawatts (GW), in Solar PV manufacturing over the next few years from its current 6.2 GW capacity.