14 Jan 2019

2018 was the first year to see a dip in RE capacity addition in India. The highest reduction was in wind (-52%), followed by utility scale solar (-29%) but rooftop solar continued to grow healthily (+73%). 

Figure 1: RE capacity addition, MW

Source: BRIDGE TO INDIA research

2018 saw a huge surge in new tenders. However, actual project allocation was much less due to multiple instances of tender cancellations. 

Figure 2: Tender issuance and auctions, MW

Source: BRIDGE TO INDIA research

Tender issuance was dominated by SECI pan-India tenders (21,300 MW). Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Karnataka were the top five states to issue new tenders. 

Figure 3: Tender issuance in key states, MW

Source: BRIDGE TO INDIA research

Solar PV module prices saw a steep decline in 2018, falling from USD 0.33/ W at the beginning of the year to USD 0.21/ W at the end. 

Figure 4: Solar PV module prices, USD cents/ W

Source: BRIDGE TO INDIA research

Note: These prices are for imported modules on a CIF basis (before any local tax or duty). Wind tariffs declined substantially in 2018 and stayed below solar tariffs for most part of the year. 

Figure 5: Average solar and wind tariffs, INR/ kWh

Source: BRIDGE TO INDIA research

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