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India's PV capacity to surpass 9GW by end of March

India’s cumulative PV capacity will likely surpass the 9GW mark by the end of March, with an additional 12.16GW set for commissioning in the upcoming 2016-17 fiscal year, according to government data.

The nation is on track to connect an additional 3.79GW of solar capacity to the grid between the end of January and the end of March, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) said in an online statement.

Capacity additions in the current fiscal year have already surpassed consultancy Bridge to India's initial forecasts.

Cumulative, nationwide installed solar capacity hit 5.25GW by 31 January, led by the state of Rajasthan with roughly 1.3GW, followed by Gujarat with 1.02GW and Madhya Pradesh with 678.6MW.

Of the 12.16GW to be commissioned in fiscal 2016-17 — which could push the nation’s cumulative capacity beyond 21GW — roughly 5.5MW will likely be added under state government policies, led by Telangana with about 2GW and Karnataka with approximately 1GW.

Under its National Solar Mission (NSM) plan, the Indian government now aims to install 100GW of solar by 2022 — including 40GW of grid-connected rooftop capacity — from an initial target of just 20GW.

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