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Solar farm in India, Gujarat

Solar energy in India is experiencing a real "boom" in recent years. From September 2016 alone, solar panels with a total capacity of 7.5 gigawatts have been installed in the country, bringing the total to 16.2 GW.

According to local renewable energy firm Bridge to India, India's solar power generation has grown by 80% over the past 3 years, with tariffs falling to a record 2.44 INR per kWh (0.03 USD per kWh). h), which made the sun the cheapest source of energy available. Solar energy has gained the greatest popularity in the southern states, among which Telingana, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have become leaders. One example of a major solar project in the country is the Kochi airport in the southern state of Kerala, which has been fully solar-powered since 2015.

Experts suggest that after such a spurt, the growth in solar power generation in India will be more modest - at the level of 5 GW per year. With its new indicator, India has come close to the top five countries in the world in terms of the amount of solar energy generated. As of 2016, these are:

  1. China (78.07 GW as of 2016);
  2. Japan (42.75 GW);
  3. Germany (41.22 GW);
  4. USA (40.3 GW),
  5. Italy (19.28 GW).

PS In Russia today there are 10 solar stations with a total capacity of about 0.1 GW.
In addition, five stations with a total capacity of 0.3 GW operate in Crimea, which are not connected to the country's unified energy system. Even if you add up these figures, their sum leaves Russia outside the top 30 leading world countries in terms of the amount of solar energy generated.

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