New analysis from the global energy think tank Ember reveals that solar and wind drove the majority (92%) of India’s electricity capacity additions in 2022. This strong growth sets the stage for the country to assume climate leadership in the run up to the G20 summit this year. Coal accounted for only 5%.
India’s solar and wind additions increased the country’s renewable generation capacity by 15.7 GW, 17% above additions in 2021. The additional capacity is comparable to the size of the UK’s entire solar capacity as of 2021. Coal capacity additions amounted to less than 1 GW, 78% less than the addition in 2021.
The analysis from Ember tracks monthly progress of Indian states and union territories against 2022 renewable energy targets, using data from India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
The analysis finds that Rajasthan and Gujarat emerge as the top two states with the most renewable electricity capacity additions in 2022, led especially by solar. The two states added 8.6 GW of solar, which is greater than Türkiye’s entire solar fleet as of 2021.
The state of Rajasthan installed an additional 6.7 GW of solar and wind capacity in 2022. This addition accounts for 43% of India’s total solar and wind capacity deployments last year. This was the largest ever annual combined solar and wind capacity addition at the state level in India’s history.
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