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India renewable energy capacity addition to grow 50pct in 2019

Power News - Published on Fri, 11 Jan 2019

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Economic Times reported that India’s total addition of new renewable energy generation capacity, including both solar and wind resources, is likely to grow by 50 per cent to 15,860 megawatt (Mw) in 2019 mainly on the back of improved tender activity. Consultancy firm Bridge to India said that “Solar utility scale capacity addition is expected to cross 10,000 Mw for the first time to register a new record at 10,902 MW. Rooftop solar is expected to have another year of high growth with estimated capacity addition of 2,368 Mw (+49 per cent) but open access solar activity is expected to fall drastically by 63 per cent.”

Capacity addition on wind energy side is expected to increase by 18 per cent to 2,300 Mw as projects struggle with land and transmission bottlenecks.

According to Mr Vinay Rustagi, managing director, Bridge to India, the current year is expected to bring some much-needed respite after the slowdown last year. He said that “Capacity addition is expected to jump sharply but this is more due to volatility in tender issuance time-table rather than a sustainable surge. Overall, the sector is bound to continue its struggle with GST, safeguard duty, funding availability and transmission connectivity.”

Floating solar power is expected to get a fillip this year with new auctions of up to 5 gigawatt. 2019 is also expected to lay the foundation for storage market in India with likely announcement of National Storage Mission and tenders with integrated utility scale storage facilities.

Mr Rustagi said that “Crucially, in an election year, politics is likely to dominate over reforms and swift resolution of sector problems is unlikely. On the plus side, we do not expect any retreat in the push for renewable energy irrespective of who comes to power.”

In 2019, module prices are expected to fall further to an average of USD 0.19 per watt, a decline of 26 per cent over mid-2018 prices but the risk of prices shooting up remains on the back of higher than expected demand from US and China.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 11 Jan 2019
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