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State Wise Solar State Rankings – India 2015-2016

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Chattisgarh and Telangana – Impressive Progress from May’15-January’16

I have analysed the installation number for different states in the last one year. As can be seen from the table below Rajasthan and Gujarat hold the top positions in the country, with solar installations crossing the 1 GW mark. Eight states namely MP, TN, Maharashtra, AP, Telangana, Punjab, UP and Karnataka have installations ranging in between 100MW to 700 MW. It is laudable to mention Telangana which showed a remarkable increase in the six months from May 2015 to January 2016, by installing more than 275 MW that is 445% increase. Tamil Nadu too almost doubled capacity from 148 MW to 419 MW in these six months.

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However more than 15 states and union territories are still well below the 100 MW mark in terms of solar installations. Chhattisgarh showed remarkable performance, increasing the installation numbers by more than 600% from May 2015 to January 2016. Kerala too increased its presence by increasing installations to more than 12 MW, from just 0.025 MW in these six months.

Ranking State/ Union Territory As of January 2016(in MW) As of May 2015 (in MW) Capacity Installed in six months (in MW) Differential (in %)
1 Rajasthan 1264.35 1047.1 217.25 20.75
2 Gujarat 1024.15 1000.05 24.1 2.41
3 Madhya Pradesh 678.58 563.58 115 20.41
4 Tamil Nadu 418.945 147.98 270.965 183.11
5 Maharashtra 378.7 363.7 15 4.12
6 Andhra Pradesh 357.34 247.46 109.88 44.40
7 Telangana 342.39 62.75 279.64 445.64
8 Punjab 200.32 195.27 5.05 2.59
9 Uttar Pradesh 140 71.26 68.74 96.46
10 Karnataka 104.22 78.22 26 33.24
11 Chhattisgarh 73.18 10.28 62.9 611.87
12 Odisha 66.92 31.92 35 109.65
13 Jharkhand 16 16
14 Kerala 12.025 0.025 12 48000
15 Haryana 12.8 12.8
16 West Bengal 7.21 7.21
17 Delhi 6.712 6.712
18 Andaman & Nicobar 5.1 5.1
19 Chandigarh 5.041 4.5 0.541 12.02
20 Tripura 5 5
21 Uttarakhand 5 5
22 Daman & Diu 4 4
23 Lakshadweep 0.75 0.75
24 Arunachal Pradesh 0.265 0.025 0.24 960
25 Puducherry 0.025 0.025
Others 0.79 0.79


Data from MNRE

States like Jharkhand, Haryana, West Bengal, Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Lakshwadeep, Puducherry did not install a single MW during these months. During the same time India had plans to award 15 GW of solar projects through reverse bidding process. Out of this NTPC and states already tendered for 2.6 GW and 3 GW respectively. Total installed capacity comes to more than 5 GW in India currently. Note the country is aiming to install 100 GW by 2022. The solar project cost are also expected to come down to INR 4.5 cr/ MW from INR 6 cr/ MW currently. Though the awareness has increased and we hear about new tenders on the state level it remains to be seen how much of these plans will be concrete. The biggest concern for solar power in India is the poor health of the state-owned distribution utilities.


Sneha Shah

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7 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Solar Power India

    Yes you are right because in Rajasthan and Gujrat sunlight intensity is very high as comparison to any other states of India and solar panel also helps to reduce pollution and reduce our electricity bill also.

  2. Royson

    Hi sneha,
    First let me thank you for excellent blog. I come from a small urban center ( Nallasopara ).I want to ask if there is any study for solar electric potential for particular place like mine if yes, what are the out put potential for the same


  3. P C SARMA

    what is the status of installation of roof top systems state wise?

  4. Sneha Shah

    Hi Royson,

    Thank you for writing to us!

    I am not particularly aware of the area you are talking about ut generally solar is fast picking up especially in rural areas without grid connection. I have written a lot about this topic on my blog.

    You can search more for relevant content. Thanks!

  5. Kartikeya

    Hi Sneha,
    Thank you for publishing this great study! Kudos to you!
    Have you also found numbers on the Ground Mounted / Rooftop Share of this growth?

  6. Devanshi

    Hi Sneha,

    Thank you for this article. I wanted to know if this data is for rooftop solar or only solar power.

  7. Sneha Shah

    Hi Devanshi,

    Thanks for reading my article. The data is for both rooftop and ground mounted solar.