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.
Total global corporate funding in the solar sector, including venture capital/private equity (VC), debt financing, and public market financing, raised by public companies came to $9.1 billion in 2016, compared to $25.3 billion in 2015, a 64 per cent drop, clean energy consulting firm Mercom Capital has said.
While VC funding in smart grid jumped to $185 million globally in the first quarter of 2015, the solar sector drew the maximum attraction with $6.4 billion funding in the same period. WhatÂ´s more, there was a record growth in residential and commercial solar funds to the tune of $1.9 billion.