For a fourth consecutive quarter, India added more renewable energy and solar capacity than thermal and coal-based capacity. A net capacity of 2.2 gigawatts was added across India, across technologies with solar grabbing a share of 62%.
India’s coal-based installed capacity shrunk once again as 215 megawatts of capacity was retired in the second quarter. In Q1 2018 India had reported net addition of 4.2 gigawatts of coal-based power capacity, the highest in nine quarters, i.e. since Q1 of 2016. Yet, the net capacity addition in the coal sector in the last four quarter has been just 2.4 gigawatts. In the period July 2017 to June 2018 India has retired 1.8 gigawatts in the coal sector.
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