CEEW and NRDC published a new report that analyses the progress of Concentrated Solar Power projects during Phase I of India's National Solar Mission. Earlier in April, CEEW and NRDC had released a report, Laying the Foundation for a Bright Future, that focused on solar photovoltaic projects and had submitted the report to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy with the aim to assist in informing decision making at the Centre for Phase 2 of the Mission. CEEW and NRDC had adopted a whole-of-system approach for their analysis that investigated project bidding, project commissioning, bankability and the general business environment in which the solar industry was operating. This new report is an addendum to the previous report and focuses on the progress Concentrated Solar Power projects during Phase 1, identifying benefits of and barriers to CSP growth in India. The report also provides recommendations for the Indian government, private sector, and other stakeholders to ensure the long-term feasibility of CSP in India.
Together, both the report published by CEEW and NRDC constitute the first independent analysis of the Indian National Solar Mission that aims to install 222 gigawatts of solar energy by 2022. These report make a strong case for greater transparency, benchmarking and monitoring; strategic approaches to finance; and technology-neutral policies for manufacturing in order to strenghten the Mission in its subsequent phases.