With 380 MW of generation capacity, Gujarat accounted for 43% of new rooftop solar installations during the January-September period.
The new generation capacity included 1,437 MW of ground-mounted projects and 883 MW of rooftop solar, according to Haryana-based JMK Research, which cited data released by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).
The volume of new large scale PV has fallen well short of the 7-8 GW forecast by JMK before the Covid-19 outbreak but rooftop installs appear to have maintained momentum despite coronavirus lockdowns, with Gujarat accounting for 43% of new systems.
JMK Research attributed the drastic shortfall in big solar commissioning to Covid-prompted disruption but said it expected most of the delayed capacity to arrive within eight months.
“Because of Covid-19 there were construction delays, restricted movement of equipment supply, and labor shortages, eventually leading to project delays,” said the analyst. “To compensate for this, the MNRE has issued a blanket [project deadline] extension of five months to all project developers. Now, most of this delayed capacity is likely to come up in the first half of 2021.”