India Achieves 70.10 GW of Solar Energy Capacity with 100 GW Target in Sight

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India has made significant strides in its pursuit of renewable energy goals, as it reached a noteworthy milestone of 70.10 GW of installed solar energy capacity by June 2023. The target set by the government was to achieve 100 GW of solar power capacity by 2022, and despite not hitting the initial goal, progress remains commendable. Additionally, there are ongoing efforts as 55.90 GW of solar capacity is currently under installation.


Union Minister of Power and New & Renewable Energy (MNRE), R K Singh, stated in a written reply to the Lok Sabha on Thursday that state-wise targets for renewable energy are not set, allowing for more flexible implementation across regions.

The government has been actively collaborating with state governments and private industries, devising schemes and policies to accelerate the realization of the 100 GW solar power target. The commitment to sustainable energy remains strong, and the minister assured the House of the government’s continued dedication to achieving the goal.

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Addressing concerns about solar panel waste, Minister Singh emphasized the potential for reuse and recycling of solar panels. Depending on the condition of the photovoltaic modules, they may be considered for recycling. The economic value, purity, and quality of the recycled material determine the viability of its reuse.

In the 2022-23 period, solar energy-based generation accounted for 1,02,014.24 million units out of the total power generation of 16,24,465.10 million units, including power imported from Bhutan.

India’s progress in the solar energy sector exemplifies the nation’s commitment to clean and sustainable energy sources. While the initial target was not met, the government’s efforts and ongoing projects indicate the country’s positive trajectory towards achieving a greener and more energy-efficient future.

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