India Complements 12.1 GW Power Generation Capacity in FY21; Renewable Space Constitutes 64 Percent: Report

India added 12.1-gigawatt (GW) power generation capacity in 2020-21, of which 7.7 GW was from renewable energy sources, according to a report. India's total power generation also increased by 1.3 per cent in FY21 despite pandemic restrictions, driven by a post-lockdown surge in electricity demand. The share of RE in the energy mix was 10.1 per cent, up from 9.4 per cent in FY20, the CEEW Centre for Energy Finance (CEEW-CEF) Market Handbook said.

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"Renewable energy (RE) dominated power generation capacity addition in FY21, accounting for 7.7 GW (64 percent) of the 12.1 GW added," the report said.

Gagan Sidhu, Director, CEEW-CEF, said, India's RE sector, particularly the solar, has shown resilience in FY21 despite supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nikhil Sharma, Associate, CEEW-CEF, said, "While a handful of developers continue to dominate auctions, new market entrants are giving them competition by bidding aggressively. These include large public sector companies such as NTPC Ltd, SJVN Ltd and Coal India, as well as smaller, private developers and international developers such as Al Jomaih Energy and Water Co."

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