As of 31.10.2021, the share of solar power installed capacity in the overall electricity capacity is 12.20%, and in terms of the electricity mix, it is 4.37% for the year 2020-21.

Important steps are taken for increasing Solar energy generation in the country: 

  • Declaration of trajectory for Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) up to the year 2022; 
  • Permitting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) up to 100 percent under the automatic route; 
  • Waiver of Inter-State Transmission System (ISTS) charges for inter-state sale of solar and wind power for projects to be commissioned by 30th June 2025; 
  • Setting up of solar parks to provide land and transmission to RE developers on a plug and play basis, 
  • Schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM), Solar Rooftop Phase II, 12000 MW CPSU Scheme Phase II, etc, 
  • Laying new transmission lines and creating new sub-station capacity for evacuation of renewable power under Green Energy Corridor Scheme. 
  • Notification of standards for deployment of solar photovoltaic system/devices; 
  • Setting up of Project Development Cell for attracting and facilitating investments; 
  • Standard Bidding Guidelines for tariff based competitive bidding for procurement of power from Grid Connected Solar PV and Wind Projects; 
  • Government has issued orders that power shall be dispatched against Letter of Credit (LC) or advance payment to ensure timely payment by distribution licensees to RE generators; and 
  • Launch of Green Term Ahead Market (GTAM) to facilitate sale/purchase of Renewable Energy including Solar power through exchanges. 

This information was given by Union Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy, Shri R.K.Singh in a written reply in Lok Sabha on Thursday.

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