The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy announced on August 12, 2021, that the country has achieved the milestone of installing 100 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy capacity. This excluded large hydroelectricity capacities installed in the country, the ministry added.
The press release for the announcement said: While 100 GW has been installed, 50 GW is under installation and 27 GW is under tendering. India has also enhanced its ambition to install 450 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2030. If large hydro is included, the installed RE capacity increases to 146 GW. An analysis of monthly installed capacity in the first six months of 2021, after the first wave of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, explains this apprehension. Between January and June, only 1 GW of renewable energy capacity was installed in a month on an average, according to data by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) under the Union Ministry of Power. Moreover, the target set for installed solar energy capacity is 100 GW by March 2023 — 40 GW rooftop solar and 60 GW ground-mounted utility scale. The country has managed to install only 43.94 GW till July 31, 2021, the CEA data suggests.