Ministry of Commerce & Industry releases Make in India New and Renewable Energy Sector – Achievement Report

Ministry of Commerce & Industry releases Make in India New and Renewable Energy Sector – Achievement Report

Renewable Energy

The New & Renewable Energy sector has witnessed the highest ever-solar power and wind power capacity addition over the last two years since April 2014.

The Government has set a target of 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by end of 2022, making it the largest expansion in the world and providing plenty of opportunities for investors. The Government is also committed to Clean Energy and is driving efforts to achieve 40% power installed capacity from non-fossil-fuel-based energy resources and reducing emissions by 33- 35% of its GDP by 2030.

The New & Renewable Energy sector has witnessed the highest ever-solar power and wind power capacity addition over the last two years since April 2014.

Here are the key achievements in the sector during the last 2 years released by Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

  • The world’s largest 648-MW solar power plant was commissioned in Tamil Nadu on September 21, 2016.
  • A 157% increase in solar power capacity addition (4132 MW) during the last two years (FY2014-15 & FY 2015-16).
  • Highest ever wind power capacity addition of 3300 MW in 2015-16.
  • 34 solar parks of aggregate capacity of 20,000 MW have been sanctioned for 21 states. INR 356.63 crores has been released to Solar Energy Corporation of India for the projects.
  • 31,472 solar water pumps were installed in 2015-16; this is higher than total number of pumps installed during the last 24 years since 1991.
  • 501 MW grid connected solar rooftop projects have been installed in the country.

Capacity Addition

As on October 31, 2016, cumulative capacity of 46.33 GW grid interactive renewable energy capacity has been installed in the country, which constitutes 15% of the total installed power generation capacity of 307.69 GW.

Ministry of Commerce

3575 MW capacity has been added from various renewable energy sources as on October 31, 2016 for FY2016-17.

Policy Initiatives & Investments

FDI Policy

100% FDI is allowed under automatic route for projects of renewable power generation and distribution subject to provisions of The Electricity Act, 2003.

FDI Equity Inflow

Total FDI equity inflow in the non-conventional energy sector during April 2014 to September 2016 was

USD 1.77 billion. The major FDI equity inflow in the sector are provided in the below table.


Foreign Collaborator




Indian Company

FDI Equity Inflow (USD Million)
MUDAJAYA Corporation Berhad Malaysia RKM Powergen Pvt Ltd 77.18


GAMESA Wind Turbines Pvt Ltd  


AIRRO (Mauritius) Holdings Mauritius DILIGENT Power Pvt Ltd 62.44

Greenko Mauritius



M/S GREENKO Energies Pvt Ltd  


Azure Power Global Ltd Mauritius AZURE Power India Pvt Ltd 54.11

ORIX Corporation



TADAS Wind Energy Private Limited  


OSTRO Renewal Power Ltd Mauritius OSTRO Energy Pvt Ltd 45.81

Asian Development Bank



Renew Power Ventures Private Limited  


AIRRO Singapore Pte Ltd Singapore DILIGENT Power Pvt Ltd 41.07

ORIX Corporation



LALPUR Wind Energy Private Limited  


ENEL Green Power

Development B.V.



BLP Energy Private Limited  


DEG-DEUTSCHE-Investitions- Und-Entwicklun  


WELSPUN Renewables

Energy Pvt Ltd



ENERK International Holdings








OSTRO Renewal Power Limited Mauritius OSTRO Energy Pvt Ltd 32.21
AREVA Solar Inc U.S.A AREVA Solar India Pvt Ltd 31.53


Fiscal Incentives

The government has provided a whole host of financial and fiscal incentives for promoting renewable energy projects.

Fiscal incentives such as accelerated depreciation, concessional custom duty, excise duty exemption, income tax holidays for 10 years to promote renewable energy.

To promote solar rooftops, INR 5,000 crore has been approved for implementation of Grid Connected Rooftops systems over a period of five years upto 2019-20 under National Solar Mission (NSM).This will support installation of 4,200MW Solar Rooftop systems in the country in the next five years (December 2015).

  • Acapital subsidy of 30 percent of the project cost for general States/UTs and 70 percent for Special category States (North East including Sikkim, Uttarakhand, HP, J&K, Lakshadweep, Andaman & Nicobar) excluding industrial and commercial establishments.
  • Inclusion of rooftop solar as part of housing loan by banks /NHB
  • Clean Energy  Fund  –  Clean  environment cess on coal, lignite and peat has been doubled from Rs.200 per tonne to Rs.400 per tonne, to promote use of renewable energy sources (Budget 2016-17).
  • Renewable energy projects included in priority sector lending norms of commercial banks (RBI, April 2015).
  • Renewable Generation Obligation (RGO) – New coal/lignite based thermal plants after specified date to also establish/procure/purchase renewable capacity (January2016).
  • Inter-sate transmission charges and losses for Wind and Solar projects have been waived off (January 2016).
  • Provision of rooftop solar and 10% renewable energy is now mandatory under Mission Statement and Guidelines for development of smart cities  (October 31, 2016).

Scheme for Development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects

MNRE launched the scheme for development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects on December 12, 2014.  25 Solar Parks with capacity of 500 MW and above (smaller parks of lesser capacity for Himalayan and hilly regions) and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects targeting over 20,000 MW of solar power installed capacity will be set up within a span of 5 years starting from 2014-15.

Scheme for Development of Solar PV Power Plants on Canal Banks/ Canal Tops

“Pilot-cum-Demonstration Project for Development of Grid Connected Solar PV Power Plants on Canal Banks and   Canal Tops” was   approved   on December 5, 2014.  A target of 100 MW Grid Connected Solar PV Power Plants on Canal Banks and Canal Tops (50 MW on Canal Tops and 50 MW on Canal  Banks)  has  been  set.  Some of the incentives under the scheme are:

  • INR 3 crore/MW  or  30%  of  the  project  cost, whichever is lower, for Canal Top SPV projects and Rs. 1.5 crore/MW or 30% of the project cost, whichever is lower, for Canal Bank SPV projects
  • Assistance of INR 225 crore for 100 MW (50 MW on Canal Tops and 50 MW on Canal Banks) to be disbursed over a period of maximum 2 years post sanctioning of the plants. 16 MW of canal top/ canal  bank  solar  projects  have  been commissioned  as  on  December  16,  2016 under the scheme.

Other Incentives to promote renewable energy projects

  • Various projects of total 356MW capacity have been sanctioned and projects of 84 MW capacity have been tendered for Indian defense and paramilitary forces using solar cells and modules manufactured in India.
  • A Joint Indo-US PACE Setter Fund has been established, with a contribution of USD 4 million from   each   side   to   enhance   clean   energy cooperation.
  • India has the fourth largest wind power installed capacity in the world after China, United States and Germany.  To further boost this segment, the National  Off-Shore  Wind Energy Policy 2015 was announced to facilitate offshore wind farms in the territorial  waters of India.
  • Government has recently approved amendments in tariff policy in Jan. 2016 which envisages long term    trajectory of Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) prescribing  purchase of solar  energy  to  promote  renewable  energy with an aim to reach up to 8% of total electricity consumption by March, 2022.
  • Government is implementing the Green Energy Corridor Project for Strengthening inter- state and intra-state transmission system along with other control infrastructure to facilitate integration of large scale renewable energy generation.

 Ease of Doing Business

  • Renewable energy has been re-classified as ‘white category.’ Previously,  this  sector  was under  ‘green category’ and the re-classification will enable ease of doing business as setting up of solar and wind power plants will be exempt from  seeking  environmental  clearances  from Ministry and consent from State Pollution Control Boards.
  • Wind Atlas 2015, a GIS (Geographic Information System) based software tool to help policy planners and developers was launched in September 2015.  The  tool  identifies  regional and  local  wind  energy  potential  in  India  and contains average annual  values of Wind Speed (m/s),   Wind Power Density and   Capacity Utilization Factor (CUF) calculated for an average 2 MW turbine at 100 m. This data is made freely available by Government on public domain.

Skill Development

About 98,000 people work in the four major areas of renewable energy i.e. Solar, Wind, Biomass and Small Hydro Power.

To meet the rising demand and manage the gaps in capacity of trained manpower, the Government in May 2015 set a   target of achieving 50,000 “SuryaMitras” of skilled manpower in solar  energy sector by 2019-20.

5,492 SuryaMitras have been trained under the program as on September 30, 2016 with over 150 institutes across the country implementing the Suryamitra program and creating job opportunities for unemployed youth. Currently, 3000 are undergoing training.

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