February 11 (Renewables Now) - India’s solar photovoltaic (PV) parks boosted their output by 27% year-on-year in 2019, producing a combined 46,033 MWh, shows new data by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA).
In spite of the overall improvement, the year-on-year increase was significantly lower than the 69% jump registered in the previous year. This was partly caused by the generally weak third quarter and the monsoons but was mostly due to the decreased power demand and the slowdown in capacity additions in the sector. The installation pace in some parts of the country is being hindered as developers face serious challenges such as curtailment issues in states including Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
In the fourth quarter alone, the output of the country’s solar parks amounted to 11,750 MWh, or 19% more than in the year-ago period and 12% more than in the preceding quarter.
According to Mercom Capital’s India Solar Project Tracker, solar accounted for 9.6% of India’s total installed power generation capacity with almost 35.6 GW of PV parks connected to the grid at end-2019.