Amidst the chaos seen in the power sector, with 22,000 MW thermal power projects lying idle for the need of coal or gas and lenders taking power generating assets to National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) to recover dues, the transmission sector- with longer life cycle and lower risks- has exhibited the only ray of hope for investors and developers alike.
Solar tender and auction activity in India had a steep decline in November 2017. The solar capacity tendered across the country during the month fell by 25 percent to 300 MW compared to the October 2017 total and the amount of solar auctioned dropped by 98 percent to just 5 MW.
A report by Mercom Capital Group says that India is projected to see a solar power generation capacity addition of 1,750 MW next year. Noting that new solar installations so far this year have been around 900 MW, Mercom on 20 November stated that India is not likely to register any significant year-over-year growth for 2013. However, during this period, global solar market is estimated to see 20 per cent growth.
A clean energy consultancy firm Mercom Capital Group says that Indian solar sectorÂ’s growth continues at a slow pace amidst policy uncertainty and experimentation. Policy uncertainty is rife, with rules being changed every other month. Of the 1,761 mw installed base in the country, about 557 mw was installed so far in 2013 and several projects have been delayed.