In India’s renewable energy record, solar isn’t the star

Solar power contributes just 7% of the total electricity supplied to consumers and has done little to justify its billing as the renewables poster child, even when the sun is at its brightest.

Last Sunday, India hit a milestone in its renewable energy journey. Electricity generated by grid-connected renewable power sources hit a one-year high (and, most likely, an all-time high) of 875 million units in a 24-hour period on 22 May, according to the India Renewables Dashboard of the Central Electricity Authority and the non-profit CEEW Centre for Energy Finance. (One unit is one kilowatt-hour, roughly the power consumed by an air conditioner every 40 minutes.) The National Load Despatch Centre, an agency that matches real-time power supply with demand, reported that non-fossil sources (solar, wind, nuclear, hydro, biomass, etc.) contributed nearly …


Nihar Gokhale

Nihar Gokhale led the Chaos coverage at The Morning Context. Nihar wrote on the environment, the economy and resource conflicts in India. He has reported from across the country on everything from displacement, pollution and environmental violations to land regulation, corruption and human rights. He was earlier associate editor at Land Conflict Watch, and his work has appeared in Scroll, The Wire, IndiaSpend, The Caravan and Mongabay India.

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