India’s Renewable Power Installations Reached 138 GW in 2020

India’s renewable power installations peaked at 138 GW in 2020, according to data from the Central Energy Authority…
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India’s renewable power installations peaked at 138 GW in 2020, according to data from the Central Energy Authority (CEA). The total share of renewable energy in India’s installed power capacity mix reached138.27 GW, with a total share of 36.7% at the end of 2020.

Renewable energy saw a marginal increase from the previous quarter when total renewable installations were 136.29 GW with a share of 36.4%. The installed renewable energy capacity stood at 133.17 GW, holding 35.9% in December 2019.

At the end of the fourth quarter of 2020, thermal-based power sources had a 238.4 GW cumulative installation base that dominates the power market with a share of 63.3%. This segment included power generated from thermal-based sources, this includes gas (6.6%), nuclear (1.8%), lignite (1.7%), diesel (0.14%), and coal (53%).

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As India’s renewable power installations peaked at 138 GW at the end of 2020, Coal as a source of energy has continued to hold the greatest portion in the country’s power mix with 53.1% with nearly 199.9 GW of installations.

While the market share for coal declined from 53.3% previously, the installed coal capacity increased from 199.6 GW in the previous quarter. Large hydropower projects was the second-largest, accounting for 12.2% of the power mix with about 45.8 GW of installations.

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