India’s wind, solar generation share grows 7% in H1-2020

<p>New Delhi: India’s wind and solar generation share rose from 3 per cent of total generation in 2015 to 10 per cent in the first half of 2020 and at the same time, coal’s share fell from 77 per cent to 68 per cent, according to a latest report.<br><br>It said that wind and solar continued to grow in line with the global average, reducing India’s reliance on coal.<br><br>“Wind and solar generation grew by 13 per cent in the first half of 2020 compared to the same period last year, in comparison to 14 per cent growth globally, and that meant wind and solar generated 9.7 per cent of India’s electricity compared to 9.8 per cent globally,” added the report.<br><br>According to the report titled ‘Wind and solar now generate one-tenth of global electricity’ by London-based energy think-tank Ember, India’s coal generation fell 14 per cent in the first six months of 2020 compared to the same period last year.<br><br>It further said that for the first time, the world’s coal fleet ran at less than half of its capacity this year.<br><br>“Countries across the world are now on the same path - building wind turbines and solar panels to replace electricity from coal and gas-fired power plants. But to keep a chance of limiting climate change to 1.5 degrees, coal generation needs to fall by 13 per cent every year this decade,” said Dave Jones, senior electricity analyst at Ember.<br><br>He added that the fact that, during a global pandemic, coal generation still only fell by 8 per cent showed just how far off-track we still were.<br><br>London-based energy think-tank collated monthly generation data for 2020 from 48 countries cover in 83 per cent of global electricity generation.</p>