With CSP allocation of the JNNSM in India set to be delayed until 2014, the industry has turned its attention to other emerging opportunities in the country.

This latest move has been triggered by recent activity in Andhra Pradesh, which has become the latest state to announce the details of its auction structure. Analysts have noted that developers are examining policy alternatives to the National Solar Mission with more favourable bidding mechanisms.

In addition, industry figures have once again looked to Gujarat and Rajasthan, as the traditional strongholds for concentrated solar thermal projects. Dhruv Batra, CEO of Cargo Power & Infrastructure, explained during a recent CSP Today webinar that Gujarat, in its solar policy, has PPAs signed for 968.5MW, of which 689.81MW was commissioned by June 30 2012. “This forms 66% of the total grid connected solar projects commissioned in India as of October 31, 2012,” Batra added.

However, negative reactions to the recent MNRE announcements indicate that wider concerns still prevail for CSP in India. “With

[Phase I] commissioning deadlines drawing closer, the focus has shifted to on-site execution,” explained Batra. This focus has raised the wider question of CSP viability in India, which is a key topic of the CSP Today India 2013 conference, taking place 12-13 March 2013 in New Delhi.

The conference features comprehensive analysis of CSP’s viability through interactive round-tables, and CSP Today recently confirmed that Green Infra, Acira Solar and Cargo Power would be joined by international players Abengoa Solar and Ferrostaal Solar for the session. The round-tables will give attendees the chance to debate their key issues with industry experts and answer their questions.