India hit 9.57GW solar deployment by March 2017 - MNRE

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With one month to go in FY2016/17 the nation has installed just 23% of its 12GW target. Credit: Piyush Goyal Twitter

India’s installed solar capacity reached 9,567MW as of 28 February this year, according to energy and mines minister Piyush Goyal, speaking in Lok Sabha (parliament).

The project tracker from consultancy firm Mercom Capital Group shows that monthly installs resurged after a blip at the end of 2016:

  • September 2016 – 430MW
  • October 2016 – 214MW
  • November 2016 – 147MW
  • December 2016 – 138MW
  • January 2017 – 223MW
  • February 2017 – 332MW

However, with one month to go in FY2016/17 the nation has installed just 23% of its 12GW target, with just 2,803MW deployed so far. Missing such a target has not stopped a wave of enthusiasm surrounding India's enormous progress in the last two years.

Unlike MNRE, consultancy firm Bridge to India reported that India surpassed 10GW solar installations in November last year,

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