628 MW of open-access solar installed in 1H 2021


India’s cumulative open-access solar installations surpassed 4.5 GW as of June 30, 2021, with 209 MW added in the second quarter (April-May-June) of the current year. The Q2 2021 addition was 664% up year-over-year compared to 27 MW installed in Q2 2020, according to Mercom India Solar Open Access Market Report Q2 2021.

Open-access solar installations in the first half of 2021 totaled about 628 MW, a 12-fold (1,230%) growth compared to 47 MW installed in 1H 2020. In the first half of 2021, Uttar Pradesh saw maximum installations, followed by Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.

The Mercom report estimates over 1 GW of open-access solar project portfolio (including underdevelopment and pre-construction) in the pipeline.

The States of Chhattisgarh and Odisha are the new markets finding a place in the report.

The report analyzes top states for open-access solar installations based on the project installation (captive/ group-captive/ third-party), DISCOM ratings, retail power tariff (industrial and commercial customers) structure, open-access charges, and costs.

As of June 30, 2021, Karnataka is the largest market for open-access solar cumulatively, followed by Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu. The top five states account for approximately 73% of India’s total open-access solar market.

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