Karnataka helps India double Q1 solar additions

As per Renewables Now, India commissioned 3.77 GW of utility-scale solar power capacity in the first quarter of 2018, doubling the previous quarter’s figure, mainly thanks to significant additions in Karnataka state, Bridge to India said Thursday.

Karnataka was home to almost three quarters of all capacity put online in the period. This happened as delayed projects with contracts secured in two major tenders, for 1,200 MW and 920 MW, reached completion in the state. Also, there was a rush in the first quarter to wrap up open access projects before the programme’s end in March, Bridge to India noted.

The consultancy expects total solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in India this year to stand at just 6.3 GW, down by 25% from 2017, but it sees a better 2019 with roughly 8 GW of capacity additions.