Rapid increases in installed capacity and favourable weather conditions pushed renewable energy generation in India to an all-time high earlier this year.
In July 2017, the share of renewable energy generation among India’s total electricity generation and imports touched 13.2%, the highest ever in the country. Total electricity generation and imports in India during July 2017 totalled 98.1 billion kilowatt-hours, while total renewable energy generation was 12.9 billion kilowatt-hours.
In June 2017, total renewable energy generation in India had crossed the 10 billion kilowatt-hour mark for the first time ever. June, July, and August 2017 together were also the three-month period when renewable energy generation in India was over 10 billion kilowatt-hours for three consecutive months.
The reason for this sharp jump in July was the large wind capacity exposed to high-speed monsoon winds. Of the 12.9 billion kilowatt-hours of renewable energy generation in July, 76.2% (or 9.8 billion kilowatt-hours) were generated by …