India can reach a capacity of 17,000 megawatts in renewable energy by the year 2022, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.
During the Question Hour, Minister of state for power, new and renewable energy R K Singh said the share of renewable energy was progressively increasing in the Indian electricity mix.
“In the year 2015-16, with 65.78 billion units, the share of renewables was 5.61 per cent. This increased to 6.59 per cent in the year 2016-17. In growth terms with 82 billion units, the renewable generation in 2016-17 was around 25 per cent higher than the previous year,” he said.
As per the share of renewable energy in the total electric power generation capacity, the addition was 52.2 per cent, he said.
The minister said the installed capacity was consistently increasing.