Corporate Renewable PPAs in India to Drop by a Third in 2019: Report

A new report has predicted that in India the annual corporate PPA renewable additions in 2019 will be about 30-35 percent lower than installations in 2018

Corporate Renewable PPAs India

A new report has revealed that India was the second-largest growth market for corporate renewable Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) after the US in 2018, with an addition of 1.6 GW of capacity (BloombergNEF, 2019). However, despite retaining the second place, estimates suggest that annual corporate PPA renewable additions in the country in 2019 will be about 30-35 percent or a third lower than installations in 2018, due to changes to policy and regulation at the state level.

The report finds that several key market trends have positively contributed to growth over the past six months, including:

  • Two northern states – Haryana and Uttar Pradesh – have emerged as important markets, with more than 1 GW of group captive solar projects approved.
  • The Indian corporate renewable PPA market has transitioned from predominantly third-party PPA models to group captive PPA models, led by the withdrawal of open access waivers for new third-party PPAs in most states.
  • Specialized national developers have increasingly acquired key corporate contracts as regional players cede ground.
  • Growth in the rooftop solar market for PPA projects in India continues to dominate growth in projects based on captive installations.

However, changes to policy and regulation at the state level have led to a decline in capacity additions for corporate renewable PPAs compared to 2018.

Over the past six months, the Indian government has withdrawn several exemptions for open access charges and banking provisions. While some of these changes may negatively impact financial viability for new installations in affected states, these changes do bring open-access renewable power up to par with regulations for traditional sources, removing uncertainty arising from short-term support mechanisms, thereby making cash-flow projections for renewable contracts more predictable and stable. In addition, the increased viability of solar projects due to continued cost reductions should help counteract part of the negative impact of these policy and regulatory changes.

For 2020, the report predicts a bounce-back for capacity additions in India – the country has a development pipeline of almost 2 GW for corporate renewable PPAs, with a significant proportion expected to be installed in the next financial year.

The Indian government is also considering several new policy initiatives that may positively impact the corporate renewable PPA market, including Green Term Ahead Market (GTAM) and new power tariff policy and amendments to the Electricity Act.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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