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Indian PV shows strong performance in March 2014

Based on prior year's production data, India is likely to report strong performance from its PV plants in April and May 2014 as well. Image: MNRE
Based on prior year's production data, India is likely to report strong performance from its PV plants in April and May 2014 as well. Image: MNRE

India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has published data on the performance of solar photovoltaic (PV) plants commissioned under the National Solar Mission (NSM) during March 2014, which show the highest capacity utilization factors (CUFs or CFs) since last fall.

There were fewer low-performing plants this month as compared to previous months, indicating that operational issues in these plants have been largely fixed. CUFs for PV projects under NSM Phase 1 batches one and two were generally in the 22–25% range, with only one of the 43 plants reporting coming in below 20%.

Migration Scheme plants also performed well, with six of the seven reporting coming in at 18–26% and only one plant with a 2.1% CUF. A higher portion of Migration Scheme projects have reported unusually low output in previous months, as compared to phase 1 plants.

As has also been the case in prior months, Rooftop PV and Small Solar Power Generation Programme (RPSSGP) plants showed lower performance, reporting CUFs generally in the 15–23% range during the month. Of the 24 reporting, only two came in below this, at 10.6% and 13.7%.

 

Good performance expected in spring 2014

MNRE did not release performance data for February 2014. Based on previous years' data and annual weather patterns, India can expect strong plant performance in April and May 2014 as well, before summer monsoons bring down CUFs beginning in June.

Raw CUF data from MNRE can be found on the RESolve Energy Consultants website.

 

2014-05-05 | Courtesy: RESolve Energy Consultants; Image: MNRE | solarserver.com © Heindl Server GmbH

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