MNRE - Year End Summary, PIB, Major Schemes, Achievements 2017 (Download PDF)

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Government is on its way to achieving 175 GW target for installed Renewable Energy capacity by 2022. India attains global 4th and 6th position in global Wind and Solar Power installed capacity.

Ministerial Summary 2017 PIB (Current Affairs/Gs 2018)
  • By November 2017, a total of 62 GW Renewable Power installed, of which 27 GW installed since May 2014 and 11.79 GW since January 2017.
  • Ambitious Bidding Trajectory for 100 GW capacity of Solar Energy and 60 GW capacity of Wind over the next 3 years laid down.
  • The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has taken several steps to fructify Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi՚s dream of a clean energy future for the ‘New India’ .
  • The National Solar Mission aims to promote the development and use of solar energy for power generation and other uses, with the ultimate objective of making solar energy compete with fossil-based energy options.


  • India has an estimated renewable energy potential of about 1096 GW from commercially exploitable sources viz. Wind - 302 GW (at 100-meter mast height) ; Small Hydro - 21 GW; Bio-energy - 25 GW; and 750 GW solar power, assuming 3 % wasteland


  • The Government of India has set a target of 175 GW renewable power installed capacity by the end of 2022.
  • A target of 14550 MW grid renewable power (wind 4000 MW, solar 10000 MW, small hydro power 200 MW, bio-power 340 MW and waste to power 10 MW) , has been set for 2017 - 18.


  • In order to meet the energy demand, India has total installed power generation capacity of 331.95 GW as on 31.10. 2017 from all resources.


    Green Power Capacity Addition:

  • A total of 11788 MW of grid-connected power generation capacity from renewable energy sources has been added so far this year (January - November 2017) .

    Sector-wise highlights of achievements

    • Largest ever Wind Power capacity addition: During 2017 - 18, in terms of wind power installed capacity India is globally placed at 4thposition after China, USA and Germany.
    • Biggest ever Solar Power capacity addition of 5525.98 MW in 2017 - 18: During 2017 - 18, a total 4323.1 MW (including 207.92 MW Solar Roof Top) capacity has been added till 30.11. 2017.
    • Solar projects of capacity 23656 MW have been tendered and LoI for 19,340 MW issued.
    • 0.59 GW has been added under Grid Connected Renewable Power.
    • Biomass power includes installations from biomass combustion, biomass gasification and bagasse co-generation making a cumulative achievement to 8181.70 MW.
    • During 2017 - 18, against a target of 1.1 lakh biogas plants, 0.15 lakh biogas plants installations has been achieved.

    Major Initiatives taken by Ministry

    Solar Power:

    • 35 solar parks of aggregate capacity 20,514 MW have been approved in 21 States.
    • Kurnool Solar Park has emerged as the World՚s Largest Solar Park.
    • 650 MW capacity commissioned in Bhadla Phase-II Solar Park in Rajasthan.
    • 250 MW capacity commissioned in Phase -I of Neemuch Mandsaur Solar Park (500 MW) in Madhya Pradesh.
    • 3 new solar parks have been approved in this year.
    • Solar tariff has declined to lowest level of ₹ 2.44/kWh.
    • As on 30.11. 2017 over 41.80 lakh Solar Lighting Systems, 1.42 lakh Solar Pumps, and power packs of 181.52 MWeq have been installed in the country.

    Solar Rooftop:

  • Ministry is implementing Grid Connected Rooftop and Small Solar Power Plants Programme.
  • Concessional loans of around 1375 million US dollars for solar rooftop projects.
  • Suryamitra programme has been launched for creation of a qualified technical workforce and over 11 thousand persons have been trained under the programme.
  • Launched mobile app ARUN (Atal Rooftop Solar User Navigator) for ease of access of beneficiaries for request submission and awareness.

Wind Power:

  • The present wind power installed capacity in the country is around 32.75 GW. Now, in terms of wind power installed capacity India is globally placed at4thposition after China, USA and Germany.
  • Second wind auction of 1000 MW which resulted in lowest tariffs of ₹ 2.64/unit.
  • Wind Forecasting: Based on wind forecasting experience of Tamil Nadu with NIWE, MoUs for forecasting done with Gujarat and Rajasthan.
  • Meso scale map: Prepared for wind resource at 120 meter height, as most of turbine hub heights being installed are more than 100 meters.
  • Bidding guidelines: For wind auction under Section 63 of Electricity Act have been notified in December to Ministry of Power.

Small Hydro Power: A capacity addition of 27.07GW of renewable energy has been reported during the last two and half years under Grid Connected Renewable Power, 0.59 GW from Small Hydro Power.

Family Size Biogas Plants: During 2017 - 18, against a target of 1.10 lakh biogas plants, 0.15 lakh biogas plants installations has been achieved making a cumulative achievement to 49.8 lakh biogas plants.

Amendments in Tariff Policy to promote Renewable Energy

  • Enhancement in Solar RPO to 8 % by March 2022.
  • Introduction of RGO for New coal/lignite based thermal plants after specified date.


Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) has been awarded Mini Ratna Status and the authorised capital of IREDA is increased from ₹ 1000 Cr. to ₹ 6000 Cr.

Green Energy Corridor:

  • Intra-State Transmission System is being implemented by eight renewable rich States (Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh) .

Other Initiatives

  • International Solar Alliance (ISA) became a legal entity with its headquarters in India.
  • Bank loans up to a limit of ₹ 15 crores will be given to borrowers, the loan limit will be ₹ 10 lakh per borrower.
  • Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) up to 100 % is permitted under the automatic route for renewable energy generation and distribution projects.

In order to achieve the targets, various initiatives have been taken by the Government:

  1. Announced a cumulative target of 175 GW renewable energy based electric installed capacity of 100 GW solar power installed capacity;
  2. Issued guidelines for procurement of solar and wind power through tariff based competitive bidding process.
  3. Declared Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) up to the year 2018 - 19.
  4. Notified standards for deployment of solar photovoltaic systems/devices;
  5. Issued order for waiving the Inter State Transmission System charges and losses for inter-state sale of solar and wind power for projects to be commissioned by March 2019;
  6. Provision of roof top solar and 10 % renewable energy as mandatory under Mission Statement and Guidelines for development of smart cities.
  7. Amendments in building bye-laws for mandatory provision of roof top solar for new construction or higher FAR.
  8. Infrastructure status for solar projects;
  9. Making roof top solar a part of housing loan by banks/NHB;
  10. Raising funds from bilateral and international donors as also from the Green Climate Fund to achieve the target.

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- Published/Last Modified on: January 7, 2018

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