India is expected to add 2.8 gigawatts of solar photovoltaic capacity next year. In 2012 and early 2013, Indian states held solar power auctions and the projects are expected to be commissioned in 2014.
The largest amount of solar capacity is expected to be added in Tamil Nadu. The state distribution company is likely to sign power purchase agreements for 700 megawatts of new generation before 2013 comes to an end. Under state policy, these projects must be commissioned in 2014, the source reported.
Bihar has pending solar project proposals for solar projects totaling 250 MW and Maharashtra is expected to add 125 MW of solar PV in 2014, according to Clean Technica.
Once Tamil Nadu installs 700 MW of solar next year, it will have the second largest capacity of solar power in India, the Times of India reported. The state of Gujarat has the most solar capacity in India, with nearly 800 MW. However, Tamil Nadu plans to install 3,000 MW of solar capacity by 2015.
India currently has a total of 1,759.43 MW of grid-connected solar, the source said.