India Tops 1GW Of Rooftop Solar

Half of India’s now 1,020MW of rooftop solar capacity has been installed in the last 12 months according to Bridge To India – but clouds are gathering on the horizon.

The consultancy firm says the nation has added 513 MW of rooftop solar over the year to September 30.

A map (PDF) also recently published by the company indicates rooftop solar power system costs have fallen by 12% per annum on average in the last 4 years. It expects India’s total rooftop capacity to reach 12.7GW by 2021. It’s an impressive figure, but not in line with the country’s goals.

India has set its sights on a target of a total of 100 GW of solar energy capacity by 2022 through the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM). For rooftop solar, the target is 40GW by the same year. If Bridge To India’s 2021 rooftop PV projection is accurate, then 2022 will need to be a very, very busy year indeed.

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