The pace of India’s solar power capacity addition tumbled 81 per cent to 205 mega watt (MW) in the April-June lockdown months from 1,090 MW installed in the preceding January-March period of the calendar year. In terms of year-on-year comparison, the figures indicate a plunge of 86 per cent from 1,510 MW installed in the year-ago period, latest data from green energy market tracker Mercom shows.
Solar project construction activity came to a standstill in the second quarter (calendar year) as the Coronavirus pandemic disrupted every aspect of the economy. Labour availability was one of the biggest challenges for large-scale projects. With monsoons setting in, we may have to wait until the fourth quarter for the activity to pick up,” Mercom group CEO Raj Prabhu said.