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