India solar industry map revealed

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India solar industry consultancy, Bridge to India, has published its National Solar Map.

The map shows the installed capacity by states, market shares and trends from project sizes, tariffs, policies and market predictions.

Information was sourced from analysts, industry insiders and various companies for an accurate illustration.

Designed to be a simple graphic portraying the national solar industry for insight of  large industry, the map was first revealed 12 September and distributed to more than 12,000 visitors at the seventh Renewable Energy India Expo,

The map highlights state policy as a primary driver for projects commissioned with 1.8GW commissioned as of August.

The top three solar states identified with the most installed capacity are Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra. There are 12 state solar policies, with upcoming solar states (according to Letters of Intent) identified as Andrha Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Punjab, was states with the most newly commissioned projects.

The average tariff price has fallen by 63% in the last three years, with the average tariff being offered now INR7.7 per kWh.

The graphic shows a trend in growing project size, the average size of projects has increased year on year since 2011.

Approximately 42% of modules used in India are thin film and First Solar has the highest market share in modules overall, and Canadian Solar in crystalline.

The map also shows a lagging domestic industry, with five of the top ten module suppliers coming from China, and no Indian manufacturers.

Vikram Solar is the leading domestic solar manufacturer and the only domestic company in the top ten suppliers, only 18% of India’s solar market is catered to by domestic manufactures.

Half of all inverter supplies to India come from SMA and Bonfiglioli.

The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) division of India’s solar market is 40% dominated just three EPC companies – Moserbaer, Welspun Urja and Lanco Solar. Bridge to India’s map also shows several new successful EPC companies, with Welspun Urja as the top developer.

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