Last week, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister formally gave its approval for stepping up India’s solar power capacity target to 100 GW by 2022 (refer). The press release included some bold policy ideas to achieve the goal. They include: making 10% rooftop solar mandatory under a scheme to be formulated and announced by the Ministry of Urban Development (this is still an idea that may or may not become a policy) and setting up industrial parks for manufacturing solar PV components. Apart for the new policy targets, the cabinet also gave its approval for implementing 2 GW of utility scale projects under a viability gap funding mechanism (refer). This is a part of the 7 GW to be allocated by SECI.

  • India’s cabinet approves the 100 GW solar plan
  • A provision for mandatory renewables for buildings is planned
  • There will also be industrial parks for manufacturing solar components


Anti-dumping duties threaten to torpedo the Indian solar market at a time when the new government has made clear its intention to grow solar. They are an ill-conceived and ill-timed vestige of the previous government and serve a very small section of the Indian solar industry at the detriment of the majority of the rest, the power consumers and the taxpayers.

  • Solar will become more expensive (by at least 70 paisa per kWh) and up to 1 GW of existing projects could be scrapped. This will set the solar market back by 2 years
  • A small group of Indian industry players will win in the short term. The majority of Indian industry players (including manufacturers) will lose. In the long term, all lose
  • India should focus on making solar cheaper, not more expensive. Supporting domestic manufacturing is possible under this premise, e.g. by extending cheap loans FULL STORY

The past financial year has seen a marked uptake in solar activities in India with new capacity installations and many new allocations and policy announcements. Rajasthan has emerged as a preferred investment choice and will likely remain so in the coming years. Please download our free India Solar Handbook 2015 for more information (LINK).

  • From Jan 2015 till date, nearly 1.1 GW of utility scale solar capacity has been added in India and another 75 MW capacity was added through rooftop installations
  • Out of this 1.1 GW, 555 MW was added under NSM Phase II Batch I; the remaining under different state policies
  • The top three states in terms of capacity addition in the last year were Rajasthan (295 MW), Madhya Pradesh (220 MW) and Punjab (167 MW) FULL STORY

Last week, BRIDGE TO INDIA released the yearly India Solar Handbook (2015 edition) at InterSolar, Munich (download the report here). While the report examines various aspects of the Indian solar market, one of the most commonly asked questions that it tries to answer is: How much solar will India really install?

  • BRIDGE TO INDIA expects the solar market in India might fall short of the government’s ambitions but the good news is that the market will still grow at an impressive pace
  • We expect India to realistically have around 31 GW of installed solar capacity by 2019
  • Of this 31 GW, we expect 27 GW to come from utility scale projects and 4 GW from rooftop projects     FULL STORY

Since taking over office, the central government, under the aegis of Mr Piyush Goyal, Minister for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy, has repeatedly stated its goal of providing 24-hour power supply across the country. Mr Goyal has laid out a detailed plan to accomplish this critical and difficult goal, the effects of which we are seeing today. A careful inspection reveals though, that these plans (detailed below) and subsequent actions are mostly focused on energy generation. However, 24-hour power supply requires not just ample generation but also a robust bottleneck-free transmission infrastructure and a reliable distribution network that is unobstructed by populist measures and influence.

  • While the central government’s focus has been on generation, power disruption is mainly a distribution problem
  • There is only one major policy initiative to fix the distribution issues, and it’s not very effective
  • The proposed amendment to India’s Electricity Act might be a vital part of solution, but it faces stiff political opposition in parliament FULL STORY