HYDERABAD: India recently achieved 100 gigawatts (GW) milestone of installed renewable energy capacity.

Several social media users began sharing two images of solar power stations. "India achieves a crucial milestone in renewable energy. India ranked fourth in the world in terms of renewable energy capacity established today, fifth in solar energy and fourth in wind energy (sic)," reads the claim.

Sunil Deodhar, the National Secretary of BJP, also shared these images with the same claim. Click here to view the archive.


The claim is misleading.

Image 1:

NewsMeter performed a reverse search and found the same image on Shutterstock, a stock photography website, dated 24 January 2019., "Photovoltaic power station, China," reads the caption.

The description states that it is a photovoltaic power station in Xianning, Hubei province, in China. The same was also reported by Caixin Global, a Beijing-based media outlet in May 2019. The caption reads, "Technicians inspect a photovoltaic power station in Xianning in Hubei province. Photo: IC Photo."


NewsMeter found the same image on AFP's website. The description states that the image shows a "construction taking place at Roha Dyechem solar plant at Bhadla some 225 km north of Jodhpur in the western Indian state of Rajasthan."

It was taken on August 23, 2015.

It proves that while one of the solar stations is in Rajasthan and the other is in China. Hence, the claim is misleading.

Claim Review :   Images show solar power stations in India.
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  Misleading

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on “ Role of social media in highlighting injustice”. Apart from pursuing a career in news writing, Misha is also skilled in graphic designing. You can follow Misha on Twitter @misharajani00

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