India recently proposed a new strategy of supporting its domestic solar manufacturers by allocating 7.5GW of local content tenders to Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSUs), but analysts have identified a number of limitations.
UPDATED: India solar manufacturers have filed an anti-dumping petition with the Ministry of Trade and Commerce against Chinese solar cells and modules, according to a report from consultancy firm Mercom Capital Group, although no official notification has been released so far.
India will add 9,812MW of solar PV this year, according to the latest quarterly market update from Mercom Capital Group, which is significantly up from the 9,020MW that the consultancy previously forecast in January this year.
India needs to pick up the pace of its solar tendering to stay in touch with its ambitious targets, but recent low bids have caused widespread reworking of state tenders, according to consultancy firm Mercom Capital Group.
Despite India tripling solar deployments to reach 10GW in less than three years, the country's ultimate target of 100GW by 2022 will be extremely difficult without better enforcement of the Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO), according to Mercom Capital Group’s latest market intelligence report.
The energy nodal agency in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu has put in a bid for 50MW of solar in a 500MW retender due to insufficient interest from other players, according to consultancy firm Mercom Capital Group reporting a Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA) official.
Just when forecasts for India’s solar manufacturers in 2017 projected a dire outlook, energy minister Piyush Goyal has reportedly said in parliament that the previously touted incentives package for domestic firms will not be moving forward for the foreseeable future.
India’s solar manufacturers have said that roughly 2.25GW of module manufacturing capacity that was previously reported as functional is either obsolete or too old to be counted as operational, according to consultancy firm Mercom Capital Group.