Indian solar installations up by 44 per cent in Q3 2019: Mercom

According to the report, India’s cumulative solar installations stood at 33.8 gw by the end of Q3 2019.
According to a newly released Q3 2019 India Solar Market Update, a report compiled by Mercom India Research, a clean energy research and communications firm in India, observed that installations in the Indian solar market went up by 44 per cent in Q3 2019, reaching 2,170 MW, compared to 1,510 MW in Q2 2019. 
 
These Installations were up by 36 per cent year-over-year compared to 1,592 mw in Q3 2018. However, solar installations in the first nine months of 2019 has reached 5.4 gw, a decline of 19 per cent, compared to 6.7 gw of capacity added in nine months of 2018, 
In Q3 2019, a total of 1,925 mw of large-scale installations compared to 1,218 mw in Q2 2019 and 1,157 mw in Q3 2018. The large-scale solar project development pipeline for the country has increased to 22.6 gw. About 37 gw of solar have been tendered and were pending auction at the end of the quarter.
 
Rooftop solar installations declined by just 16 per cent quarter-over-quarter in Q3 2019, totaling 245 mw compared to 292 mw installed in Q2 2019. Rooftop solar installations fell by 44 per cent year-on-year compared to 435 mw installed in Q3 2018.“Solar installations in Q3 2019 beat the downward trend seen over the past five quarters; however, we are revising our forecast down for 2019 as over 1 gw of projects have been delayed. The rooftop market continues to be weak amid a lack of financing and consistent regulatory issues,” said Raj Prabhu, CEO & co-founder, Mercom Capital Group.
 
The report attributes the revision in the solar forecast to the slowdown in rooftop solar installations, partial commissioning of large-scale solar projects, and over a gw of projects that were scheduled to be commissioned in the third and fourth quarters getting pushed to 2020 due to a number of reasons, includes such as legal issues, land acquisition problems, execution delays, tariff approvals, AP state Issues – policy instability, and access to financing.
 
Total power capacity additions in nine months 2019 were 13 gw in India from all power generation sources. Of this, renewable energy sources accounted for nearly 56 per cent of installations, with solar representing 41.4 per cent of new capacity and wind with 13.6 per cent. Coal accounted for almost 44.1 per cent of new capacity in nine months 2019.
 
According to the report, India’s cumulative solar installations stood at 33.8 gw by the end of Q3 2019. However, rooftop installations still only made up 12 per cent of total solar installations. Because of the liquidity crunch and worsening economic conditions, commercial & industrial (C&I) companies are struggling to finance rooftop projects. The country has crossed 4 gw of cumulative rooftop solar installations and achieved only 10 per cent of the 2022 target of 40 gw.
 
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