Natgrp: Given 15-30% PLFs of renewable energy sources like Wind and Solar, RE in reality contributes below 5%, to the actual KWh energy generation in the country
The present installed capacity of power generation in the country is about 2,12,829 MW which includes 26,920 MW from renewable sources. This constitutes 12.5% contribution of renewable in the total power generation installed capacity in the country. The Ministry has projected a capacity addition of about 29,800 MW from renewable energy sources during 12th Plan period. It is expected that the contribution of renewable power in the total installed capacity would be in the range of 16 to 17% at the end of 12th Five Year Plan.
The Ministry supports Research and Development on various aspects of renewable energy at universities, institutions and industry across the country. In addition, the Ministry has established specialized centres namely Solar Energy Centre, Centre for Wind Energy Technology and National Institute of Renewable Energy for carrying out research and testing in Solar, Wind and Bio-energy technologies.
This information was given by Minister for New & Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah in Rajya Sabha on the 18th of March 2013.