Andhra Pradesh, a major producer of renewable energy (RE), had an installed RE capacity of about 8,421 megawatt (MW) till 31 December 2020, according to the latest data.
The state had an installed RE capacity of about 8,321 MW till November-end, 8,207 MW till September-end and 8,203 MW till July-end this year.
Of the 8,421 MW capacity installed, wind energy projects took the largest share with 4,080 MW capacity, followed by solar energy with a capacity of 3,749 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 3,522 MW. It showed that out of all the segments, only solar projects of 227.75 MW capacity were commissioned during 2020-21.
The state commissioned a total of 103 MW capacity till 31 December 2020 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 in December.
It added that the total renewable energy capacity commissioned up to 2019-20 in the state was 8,194 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 would utilise potential land for setting up projects to export power to other states and in return, attract investments and generate revenue.