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India’s solar output grows at slowest pace for 6 years

  • 15 days ago (2024-07-04)
  • David Flin
Asia 864 Solar 254

India’s solar power generation grew at its slowest pace in six years over the first half of 2024, according to data from the country’s federal grid regulator, as India stepped up reliance on coal to meet power demand.

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The share of fossil fuel in power output rose to 77.1 per cent in the first half of 2024, compared with 76.6 per cent in the same period in 2023, putting it on track to rise for the fourth successive year.

India expects total electricity generation during the fiscal year ending March 2025 to grow at the fastest pace in over a decade, forecast to be mainly powered by an 8.9 per cent growth in coal-fired power output, outpacing renewable energy growth of 8.2 per cent. India has prioritised coal to address a surge in power demand in recent years.