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India Surpasses Japan as 3rd Largest Solar Power Generator in 2023

India’s remarkable surge in solar energy deployment propelled it past Japan, securing its position as the world’s third-largest solar power generator in 2023. Solar energy continued its unprecedented growth streak, outpacing coal in global electricity generation for the 19th consecutive year.

Solar’s Ascendance in India

In 2015, India ranked ninth in solar energy deployment, but by 2023, it produced 5.8% of its electricity from solar, up from 0.5% in 2015. This significant increase underscores India’s commitment to clean energy and its pivotal role in mitigating climate change.

Global Solar Growth Trends

Ember’s report highlights that solar energy witnessed a remarkable increase globally, with 2023’s solar generation exceeding six times that of 2015. The top four solar growth countries, including India, accounted for 75% of this growth, emphasizing the widespread adoption of solar power worldwide.

India’s Climate Commitments and Challenges

India’s ambitious national plan to combat climate change aims to achieve 50% cumulative electric power installed capacity from non-fossil fuel-based energy resources by 2030. However, meeting this target requires substantial acceleration in annual capacity additions, as analyzed by Ember.

International Imperatives for Renewable Energy

At the COP28 climate change conference, world leaders committed to tripling global renewable energy capacity by 2030, aligning with the imperative to limit the average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius. India stands among the few nations actively working towards this goal, emphasizing the critical role of renewable energy in addressing climate challenges.

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