India has added 438 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity in Q3 2020, a 114% increase compared to 205 MW installed in Q2 2020. Solar installations were down by 80% year-over-year (YoY) compared to 2,177 MW added in Q3 2019.
Solar installations in the first nine months (9M) of 2020 totaled 1.73 gigawatts (GW), a 68% decline compared to 5.48 GW added in the same period of 2019, Mercom Communications India research showed.
Large-scale installations totaled 283 MW compared to 120 MW in the previous quarter. Year-over-year, large-scale installation levels decreased by 85% compared to 1,932 MW installed in Q3 2019.
Rooftop solar installations accounted for 155 MW in Q3 2020, an increase of 82% compared to 85 MW installed in Q2 2020. Year-over-year, rooftop installations declined 37% compared to the 245 MW added in Q3 2019.
Maharashtra, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh were the top three states for solar capacity additions, representing around 63% of Q3 installations.
Key Highlights from Mercom India Research’s Q3 2020 India Solar Market Update
- Solar installations in India in Q3 2020 totaled 438 MW, a 114% increase compared to 205 MW installed in Q2 2020; large-scale solar installations added up to 283 MW, while rooftop installations accounted for 155 MW
- Solar installations in the first nine months (9M) of 2020 totaled 1.73 GW
- Cumulative solar installed capacity in India reached 37.4 GW at the end of Q3 2020
- The large-scale solar project pipeline in India stood at 44.7 GW, with another 34.6 GW of tendered capacity pending auctions at the end of Q3 2020
- Solar accounted for 41% of new power capacity additions in 9M 2020
- Electricity generated from solar in Q3 2020 crossed 13 billion units