India Solar Map 2015

India’s solar PV projects pipeline exceeds 12 GW.

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India has made tremendous strides in the development of its solar sector in last 18 months. As of today, the country has a solar project pipeline of 13 GW. These are projects, for which either PPAs have already been signed or tenders are issued. Most of these projects should be commissioned by the end of 2016 or early 2017.

  • Southern states are most ambitious and drive solar under their own state solar policies. Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka jointly aim for more than 8.8 GW.
  • Under central allocations (National Solar Mission, Phase II), 3,600 MW are in the pipeline.
  • 2016 will be the market’s transition year: annual solar installations could triple and India could become a top global solar market.


The recent National Solar Mission (NSM) tenders have been delayed multiple times before and are again delayed now. This pattern of delays is not new.

  • Only one of the 30 odd bids in India has gone through without significant extensions or delays
  • Main culprits are process delays by implementation agencies and requests for time extension from developers – these delays affect sector development as many players, particularly the new entrants are not conditioned to respond to the way business is carried out in India
  • MNRE should play a key role in streamlining the somewhat disorganized tender process so as to improve the ‘ease of doing business’


The process to substantially alter India’s future energy mix seems to have begun. This is very good news for renewables. Prime Minister Narendra Modi re-iterated India’s current target of installing 175 GW of renewables by 2022 at the United Nations General Assembly last week. This would then be equivalent to almost 20% of India’s power generation. Over and above this, and in the context of India’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) for the climate negotiations in Paris, the target could be raised to a stunning 250 GW of solar and 100 GW of wind power capacity by 2030, which when added to other renewables would be equivalent to nearly 40% of power from renewables by 2030 (refer).

  • Successfully implementing such targets would mean decades of growth for the solar sector
  • The underlying premise of these ambitions is the belief that storage and smart grid technology will become economical and ready for implementation over the next five years
  • India needs to start thinking about storage technology for large scale integration of renewables and possibly even using storage to leapfrog grid investments for rural electrification


On paper, the solar parks policy is excellent. It tackles the two major issues of land acquisition and evacuation, reducing developer risk. In theory, this should bring down the cost of solar power. However, after seeing the costs released for the recently announced solar parks in Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Karnataka, most developers are of the opinion that they could have quoted lower tariffs had they been allowed to bid for projects outside the park. Now, this is despite the fact the states are receiving a substantial central grant of 50% (or up to INR 2 million per MW) for developing this park infrastructure.

  • High charges for solar parks can make solar power more expensive by between INR 0.16/kWh – INR 0.36/kWh
  • Cost of leasing land inside the park is turning out to be more expensive that buying the land outright and creating own evacuation infrastructure
  • The policy itself is useful but the key reason behind this failure is inefficiencies in implementation and the Solar Park Implementation Agencies (SPIA) structure

The concept is that a Solar Park Implementation Agency (SPIA) in each state is responsible for land acquisition and infrastructure development, including evacuation. Developers are then expected to invest into and develop individual solar projects on top of the solar parks infrastructure. FULL STORY

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