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900 GW is India’s Estimated Renewable Energy Potential

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Source Wise Power Installed Capacity in India

The total installed capacity has reached to 310 GW with generation mix of thermal (69.4%), renewable (14.8%), hydro (13.9%) and nuclear (1.9%). Clearly, renewable energy has registered an impressive growth in the last couple of years, becoming the second largest source of power in India after thermal sources. The government of India has set an aggressive target of renewable power capacity to 175 GW which includes 100 GW from solar, 60 GW from wind, 10 GW from bio-power and 5 GW from small hydro power to be achieved by 2022.

India's Power Capacity

Given above is the current installed power capacity in India. Though thermal sources in India are facing the threat of rising climate concerns and global warming, it can be noted that thermal generation occupies the largest share of the Indian power pie. The cost of installing renewable source of power like solar energy has considerably dropped in recent times and has started to reach grid parity at places even in India. It is just a matter of time when renewable sources could be the leading power generators in India. However, the country needs to work on its transmission and distribution infrastructure and also adapt to the intermittent nature of renewable sources of power.

State wise Renewable Energy Potential 

India has an estimated renewable energy potential of about 900 GW. Given below is the renewable energy potential of different Indian states.

State wise Renewable Energy Potential (in MW)
Sl No. States/ UTs Wind Power Small Hydro Power Bio-Energy Solar Energy Total
1 Andhra Pradesh 14497 978 1001 38440 54916
2 Arunachal Pradesh 236 1341 8 8650 10235
3 Assam 112 239 220 13760 14331
4 Bihar 144 223 992 11200 12559
5 Chhatisgarh 314 1107 260 18270 19951
6 Goa 7 26 880 913
7 Gujarat 35071 202 1683 35770 72726
8 Haryana 93 110 1707 4560 6470
9 Himachal Pradesh 64 2398 144 33840 36446
10 Jammu & Kashmir 5685 1431 43 111050 118209
11 Jharkhand 91 209 100 18180 18580
12 Karnataka 13593 4141 1581 24700 44015
13 Kerala 837 704 1080 6110 8731
14 Madhya Pradesh 2931 820 1442 61660 66853
15 Maharashtra 5961 794 3424 64320 74499
16 Manipur 56 109 15 10630 10810
17 Meghalaya 82 230 13 5860 6185
18 Mizoram 169 3 9090 9262
19 Nagaland 16 197 10 7290 7513
20 Orissa 1384 295 268 25780 27727
21 Punjab 441 3517 2810 6768
22 Rajasthan 5050 57 1101 142310 148518
23 Sikkim 98 267 2 4940 5307
24 Tamil Nadu 14152 660 1671 17670 34153
25 Telangana 20410 20410
26 Tripura 47 5 2080 2132
27 Uttar Pradesh 1260 461 3043 22830 27594
28 Uttarakhand 534 1708 29 16800 19071
29 West Bengal 22 396 544 6260 7222
30 Andaman & Nicobar 365 8 373
31 Chandigarh 6 6
32 Dadra & Nagar Haveli 0
33 Daman & Diu 4 4
34 Delhi 131 2050 2181
35 Lakshadweep 0
36 Puducherry 120 3 123
37 Others 1022 790 1812
Total 102772 19749 25094 748990 896605

Rajasthan has the highest potential for solar energy installation followed by Jammu & Kashmir, madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

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Sneha Shah

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  1. Radhakrishnan Mundoli

    How is the potential calculated. For example Kerala is stated to have a wind potential so 837 Mw and 704 Mw Solar. One can hardly find land bank in Kerala for installation of wind.