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Gujarat becomes the fourth state to surpass its 2022 renewables target

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A new report shows Gujarat, Karnataka, Rajasthan, and Telangana have already surpassed their 2022 targets for renewable capacity installations. However, India is still 58 GW away from its 175 GW national target, with 61% of the target shortfall in just four states.

A new report by Global energy think tank Ember shows India had installed 116 GW of renewable power generation capacity as of August, which is 66% of its ‘175 GW by 2022’ target. 

The report highlights four states, namely, Gujarat, Telangana, Rajasthan, and Karnataka, have already surpassed their year-end renewable capacity targets. And 61% of the 58-59 GW shortfall in the 175 GW target is due to four states significantly lagging behind their targets. These include Maharashtra (11.1 GW), Uttar Pradesh (9.7 GW), Andhra Pradesh (9.2 GW), and Madhya Pradesh (6.5 GW).

The analysis shows India installed 11.1 GW of renewables capacity from January to August, with solar experiencing strong growth. The nation installed 9.8 GW of solar between January and August, up 22% year-on-year.

“India’s solar rush earlier this year shows how quickly change can come. It has even led to a record RE capacity addition of 3.5 GW in March this year. For India to achieve its ambitious 2030 RE and non-fossil capacity targets, the country needs to hit this all-time record set in March consistently,” said Ember’s senior electricity policy analyst, Aditya Lolla.