Andhra Pradesh, a major producer of renewable energy (RE), had an installed RE capacity of about 8,646 megawatt (MW) till 31 March 2021, according to the latest data.
The state had an installed renewable energy capacity of about 8,534 MW till 28 February 2021.
Of the 8,646 MW capacity installed, wind energy projects took the largest share with 4,084 MW capacity, followed by solar energy with a capacity of 3,970 MW commissioned, according to the latest status report by the state’s nodal agency for implementation of RE programmes, New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh.
According to the renewable energy status update, total solar capacity commissioned up to 2019-20 was about 3,536 MW. During 2020-21, the total capacity of solar and wind projects commissioned stood at 439.45 MW. Out of this, solar and wind capacities were 436 MW and about 4 MW, respectively.
The state commissioned a total of 103 MW capacity till 31 March 2021 in small hydro projects, while biomass, biomass energy co-generation, and bagasse projects contributed a total of 443 MW to the state’s renewable energy capacity. The share of municipal solid waste and industrial waste capacity stood at 47 MW till March 2021.
It added that the total renewable energy capacity commissioned up to 2019-20 in the state was 8,207 MW.
In July 2020, the state government had announced its renewable energy export policy applicable on solar, wind, and wind-solar hybrid projects. Under this, the state was made able to utilise potential land for setting up projects to export power to other states and in return, attract investments and generate revenue.