Solar Power Production in India Recorded peak Production in final quarter of 2018

Solar power generation in India is increasing gradually as more solar is added to the grid every day. As per the record from leading sources, solar accounted for around 27.9 GW of the total installed capacity, representing 7.91 percent of the total installed capacity by the end of December 2018.

According to the data released by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), solar power generation in the final quarter (Q4) of 2018 increased by 48 percent upto 9,672 million units (MUs) compared to Q4 2017 when approximately 6,523 MUs were generated by solar projects.

In the fourth quarter of 2018, solar power generation peaked with over 9.7 billion units (BUs) of electricity produced in India. The rise can be attributed to increase in the number of commissioned solar projects.


India’s solar power generated around 36.1 BUs of electricity in 2018, a 68 percent up from the previous year. It is observed that, total solar electricity generation in the country produced over 21.5 BUs, a huge increase of over 86 percent from the 11.6 BUs generated in the preceding year of 2016.

Although the progress logged in the domestic solar sector has been impressive so far, solar still has a long way to go to become a leading source of energy generation in India. India’s solar sector could grow faster if several lingering issues, like the ongoing GST confusion, are addressed by government.


Source: Mercom India

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