Top five states for solar power production in India

<p><strong>1. Karnataka — 7,100MW</strong></p><p>The south-western state of Karnataka heads India’s list of states producing solar energy. With a total installed solar power capacity of about 7,100MW – notwithstanding the 1,000MW of projects in the pipeline – Karnataka is way ahead of the other states.</p><p>?</p><p>Karnataka’s 13,000-acre Pavagada Solar Park (or Shakti Sthala) in Tumakuru district is the second-largest solar power plant in India, having previously been the largest of its type in the world, with a production capacity of 2,050MW.</p><p>?</p><p>The state is likely to see three more ultra-mega solar power parks, each with a capacity of 2,500MW, in the districts of Bidar, Koppal and Gadag</p><p>?</p><p><strong>2. Telangana — 5,000MW</strong></p><p>The southern state of Telangana comes second in terms of solar power capacity in India.</p><p>Launched in 2014, following the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana’s total installed solar energy has reached about 5,000MW – a figure it had set for itself to achieve by 2020. This includes standalone rooftop solar units as well as grid-connected ones.</p><p>The state also opted for a distributed solar installation model, which has managed to rake in about 450 Indian rupees’ crore worth of savings. Instead of concentrating these projects at a single location, Telangana has spread them across more than 180 locations.</p><p>?</p><p><strong>3. Rajasthan — 4,400MW</strong></p><p>Rajasthan has a higher potential for solar power generation than any other region in the country – but it still trails behind Karnataka and Telangana.</p><p>As of November 2019, the operational solar power projects in Rajasthan accounted for about 4,400MW of solar energy, while 1,900MW more are in the pipeline. By 2025, Rajasthan aims to install a total capacity of 30,000MW of solar energy.</p><p>The 14,000-acre Bhadla Solar Park in Jodhpur is currently the?world’s largest fully operational solar park, with a capacity of 2,245MW of installed solar energy. Rajasthan is also home to India’s only tower type solar thermal power plant.</p><p>The central government has revealed plans for a 25,000MW ultra-mega renewable energy park. In the next three years, during the project’s first phase, 10,000MW of solar power capacity will be installed in the state.</p><p>?</p><p><strong>4. Andhra Pradesh — 3,470MW</strong></p><p>Andhra Pradesh claims to be India’s second-largest state in terms of renewables, possessing about 10% of the nation’s clean energy capacity.</p><p>With its solar and wind projects totalling about 7,700MW, the state’s cumulative capacity of commissioned solar power is more than 3,470MW, placing it fourth on the list.</p><p>The region is home to the 1,000MW ultra-mega solar park in the district of Kurnool.?Due to the rising demand for power in the state, the government of Andhra Pradesh is planning for a 10GW mega solar power project. It intends to supply free of charge, uninterrupted power to the agricultural sector.</p><p>?</p><p><strong>5. Gujarat — 2,654MW</strong></p><p>Out of Gujarat’s current total renewable energy production of 9,670MW, about 2,654MW is solar energy. The state is planning to boost its renewable energy capacity to 30,000MW by 2022.</p><p>As of March 2020, it ranked top in India for domestic rooftop solar installations – with a total of 50,915 – which is about 64% of the country’s total of 79,950 fittings.</p><p>To support India’s target of installing 100GW of solar capacity, of which 40GW has been planned through solar rooftops, Gujarat is aiming for a solar energy capacity of 8,024MW by 2022, while bringing in 3,200MW via the rooftop segment.</p><p>Gujarat’s single-biggest solar power generation capacity can be found in Patan district’s Charanka Solar Park, which currently produces 600MW.</p><p>?</p><p><strong>Content Credits: NS Energy Website</strong></p>