Is Solar Momentum Stuttering To A Halt In India?

Jan 5, 2023 12:15 PM ET
  • Higher prices and also restrictions have actually stymied growth after Q2 in India.
  • The scenario is likely to be worsened by March this year, as a lot of projects will certainly go across deadlines to either surrender allowances or cancel, if they can't build.

India's solar growth, that is going for a target of over 25 GW in between this year and also 2030 to satisfy national targets on installed capacity, appear to be changing to the slow lane, yet once more. Industry players condemn the stagnation on everything from higher prices, to policy, to rising price of capital as well as more.

After a solid beginning to the year, driven partially by a rush to order as well as also stockpile imported modules from China prior to the new duty regime began, actual capacity additions have actually been slowing down, without any recuperation visible yet, since July this year. November saw just 342 MW of capacity additions, with December reporting only little additions so far.

These numbers, even lower than the figures for the corresponding month in 2021, repaint a grim image of reducing installments, without any clear idea on a revival.

The year on year growth of 26% that we will see this year is a far cry from the over 40% growth that was commonly expected, leading up to a consistent 25% growth rate leading upto 2030. Currently, also on the smaller sized base, those growth figures seem in jeopardy. Present capacity, for reference, has inched to over 62 GW, when the target for the Financial year ending March 2023 was 100 GW.

Industry experts, while pointing to the immediate effect of the BCD (Basic customs duty) that was available in on modules and cells, besides the broader ambit of the ALMM conditions, indicate the certainty of this stagnation. "This was expected, once the government made it clear it would certainly not transform its stance on the duties or offer exemptions to older projects. By announcing their strategies a year beforehand, I think they had actually provided fair warning too", states one tiny programmer who didnot wish to be called.

Even as domestic capacities under ALMM have surged to nearly 20 GW, and set to cross the 25 GW mark this year, large programmers are struggling to press tougher, owing to the prices on offer. Domestic manufacturers on the other hand claim that it is not just the duty defense that has driven up prices, but the steep hike in input costs that have been seen everywhere.

However large programmers are denying it. They claim that numerous projects are merely unviable at present prices, and also prices in international markets stay much lower. They likewise point out rising financing costs as a major concern. Numerous prefer to that the government provide motivations for domestic production, instead of choose the high tariff defense path to support domestic manufacturing industry.

One area which seems to be providing a positive side, and even more expect the future is rooftop solar. Nearly everyone we consulted claims rate of interest, and also orders continue to be high, and this segment is not as sensitive to valuing tweaks as the big utility segment. The C&I segment is another segment that is capable of supplying upto 3 GW as well as more annually, says a leading programmer. With even more funding choices, the segment might take off in a huge method. Besides, players like ReNew power have been pushing out in this segment to look for higher margins regardless.

But with the lion's share of capacity additions tied to utility scale plants at the very least till 2025 and also more, the stagnation is bound to take a significant piece out of annual targets, and also make reaching the 2030 targets that a lot more hard. The huge difficulty it seems will certainly be to equate central government intent to activity at the state level, where far way too many states are ruling out these targets with the very same urgency as the main government would desire them to. Campaigns like the green hydrogen push which will develop fresh demand for committed renewable capacities, are just anticipated to deliver from 2025. Altogether, 2023 seems at severe danger of being a wasted opportunity on the solar path for India.

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