Hybrid projects to drive future bids in renewable energy sector: ICRA

Ratings agency ICRA expects bidding activity for renewable energy projects to gradually shift over the medium term from standalone wind or solar bids to hybrid projects blended with other sources for round-the-clock (RTC) and peak supply.

This is given the competitive tariffs discovered and the fact that hybrid projects enable efficient grid integration of renewables. Further, the bid out pipeline for the awarded projects as on date remains strong at about 50 GW, and this in turn, is expected to result in a recovery in capacity addition to about 11-12 GW in FY2022.

Girishkumar Kadam, Sector Head & Vice President, Corporate Ratings, ICRA, said, “The RE sector has witnessed aggregate project awards of ~78 GW under the tariff-based competitive bidding route across wind, solar and hybrid projects so far. Within this, the solar power segment has occupied a dominant share of 79 per cent in the bid-out projects, while wind and hybrid share stood at 16 per cent and 5 per cent respectively. The Covid-19 pandemic induced lockdown restrictions slowed down the RE capacity addition to 2.2 GW in H1 FY2021 against more than 4 GW reported in H1 FY2020.”

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“The execution is expected to improve in the second half of FY2021. With the easing of supply chain challenges, capacity addition for the full FY2021 is expected to be about 7.5-8.0 GW comprising 5.5-6.0 GW from solar and 1.5 to 2.0 GW from wind,” he said.

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