India releases annual targets for 100GW solar goal

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India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has released a year-by-year breakdown of its 100GW solar by 2022 target.

Power minister Piyush Goyal said that INR6 trillion (US$92 billion) investment would be required to reach the 100GW target.

As of 30 June 2015, the cumulative installed grid-connected solar capacity in India is 4,062MW.

The annual targets are as follows:

Year

Rooftop Ground-mount Total
2015/16 200 1,800 2,000
2016/17 4,800 7,200 12,000
2017/18 5,000 10,000 15,000
2018/19 6,000 10,000 16,000
2019/20 7,000 10,000 17,000
2020/21 8,000 9,500 17,500
2021/22 9,000 8,500 17,500
Total 40,000 57,000 97,000

Jasmeet Khurana, senior consulting manager at analyst firm Bridge to India, told PV Tech that the ramp up from 200MW of rooftop in 2015/16 to 4,800MW in 2016/17 is “improbable”.

He added: “A more linear growth trajectory for year-on-year capacity addition may make more sense than an immediate ramp up as it can help reduce government’s expenditure, create a more sustainable ecosystem and help avoid any boom and bust scenarios.

“An immediate ramp up, on the other hand, allows the government to exit early and let the market take over. The question is: if India has to achieve the 100GW target, can the government exit early? If it does, will the market be able to sustain a capacity addition of 16-17GW in a year?”

Khurana added that Bridge to India forecast 50-60GW solar deployment by 2022.

A recent report form the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), a Cleveland-based researcher, and Indian energy analysis firm, Equitorials, found that India is capable of a sharp ramp up of solar deployment on a level with China's solar spike in recent years.

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