India’s solar report card for 2021


India installed 10,397MW of solar capacity in the calendar year 2021, with 7,717MW being utility-scale and 2,680MW rooftop, according to 2021 Annual Solar Report Card by JMK Research.

Rajasthan led in solar installations by adding 4.4GW during the year, followed by Gujarat (1.3GW) and Uttar Pradesh (0.8GW).

As of December 31, 2021, the nation’s cumulative installed utility-scale solar capacity reached around 42.2GW. Another 45.5GW is under pipeline with auctions for these projects already completed. Rajasthan has a maximum installed solar capacity of 9.6GW as of December 31, 2022, followed by Karnataka (7.7GW) and Tamil Nadu (4.2GW).

JMK analysts expect a record 14GW of new utility-scale solar addition and 3.5GW of rooftop/onsite PV in the year 2022.

Leading suppliers
China’s Sineng ranked as India’s biggest central inverter supplier, commanding a 40.2% share of the overall 7.8GW of central inverter shipments in the nation from January till December in 2021. It was followed by Sungrow and Fimer, with a 21.3% share each.

Huawei led in string inverter, supplying 29.7% of the overall 10,146MW AC capacity commissioned in the nation. It was followed by Sungrow (25.6%) and Solis (11.4%).

Five Chinese manufacturers together supplied 67.7% of the overall 17,105MW DC module shipments in India during 2021. The rest of the lot came from Indian manufacturers (30.7%) and US-based Renesola (1.6%). Longi Solar ranked first, accounting for 24.3% of the overall module shipments in India during the year. Jinko ranked second with a 20.5% share of the overall module shipments, and Trina third (9.9%)

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