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Pioneering Renewable Energy Landscape and Emerging Hotspots

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Karnataka has long been at the forefront of India’s renewable energy revolution, earning recognition as one of the nation’s premier renewable-rich states and an early adopter of sustainable practices. Recent data from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) underscores Karnataka’s prominent position, ranking third in the country for total solar capacities, boasting an impressive 8,718 MW as of April 2024. Additionally, the state ranks third in total wind capacities, reaffirming its status as a key player in the renewable energy sector.

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The establishment of the Pavagada Solar Park in Tumkur district has expanded Karnataka’s renewable energy portfolio, solidifying its position as a leader in the field. This solar park, currently India’s second-largest after Bhadla (Rajasthan), adds 2,216 MW to the state’s solar capacity.

While Karnataka remains a renewable energy stronghold, new hotspots are emerging, drawing the attention of investors and further diversifying the renewable energy landscape. Bellary and Chitradurga have emerged as noteworthy regions, offering promising opportunities for solar and wind energy projects.

Chitradurga, in particular, has emerged as a prime destination for solar and wind hybrid projects, with the district boasting the second-highest wind capacity in the state at 677 MW. Furthermore, Chitradurga ranks second in solar capacity after Tumkur, with 506 MW. The district’s suitability for renewable energy projects has attracted investments from companies like CleanMax, contributing to its growing prominence in the renewable energy sector.

In Bellary, once renowned as an iron ore mining hub, the landscape is shifting towards renewable energy development. The district’s abundant land and favorable conditions have made it an attractive destination for medium-scale solar parks. Notably, steel giant JSW has already established a 125 MW solar park in Rajapura, with plans for additional projects underway. Bellary also boasts 314 MW of wind projects, predominantly situated on its hillsides, further solidifying its position as a burgeoning renewable energy hub in Karnataka.

As Karnataka continues to lead the charge in renewable energy adoption, the emergence of new hotspots like Bellary and Chitradurga reflects the state’s commitment to sustainable development and green energy initiatives.

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