India Overtakes Japan to Become World's Third-Largest Solar Power Generator

  • 09 May 2024

According to a recent report by global energy think tank Ember, India surpassed Japan in solar power generation in 2023, marking a remarkable ascent from ninth place in 2015.

Key Points

  • Rapid Growth: India's solar energy deployment surged, elevating it to the world's third-largest solar power generator in 2023.
  • Global Record: Solar energy contributed to a record 5.5% of global electricity production, with India accounting for 5.8% of its electricity from solar.
  • Sustainability Impact: Increasing clean electricity aids in meeting rising demand and decoupling economic growth from emissions, vital for addressing climate change.
  • Fastest-Growing Source: Solar maintained its status as the world's fastest-growing electricity source for the 19th consecutive year.
  • Remarkable Increase: India witnessed the world's fourth-largest increase in solar generation in 2023, trailing China, the US, and Brazil.
  • National Commitment: India aims to achieve 50% cumulative electric power from non-fossil fuel-based resources by 2030 as part of its climate action plan.
  • Global Targets: At COP28, world leaders agreed to triple global renewable energy capacity by 2030 to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.