It added that grid-scale storage and module manufacturing prospects were rated as lukewarm with expected capacity addition of only 10 GW and 7 GW, respectively, in the next five years.
“The industry is very optimistic about the sector prospects although concerns around discoms’ crippling financial health, increasing offtake risk and policy changes persist. The industry feels that project auctions were irrationally aggressive,” it said.
The survey noted that almost all demand and supply related factors including transmission infrastructure, debt financing and import duties were rated as challenging or extremely challenging.
“The industry mood is surprisingly upbeat, buoyed perhaps by the huge government targets and strong investor appetite. But, views on capacity addition and most policy initiatives as well as operational issues are more mixed,” said Vinay Rustagi, managing director, Bridge to India.
“Majority of respondents feel that new policy initiatives for structural reforms like delicensing the power distribution business, privatisation of discoms and Electricity Amendment Bill would be effective for the sector though execution challenges might thwart progress,” the survey added.
Policies such as basic customs duty, Approved List of Models and Manufacturers and the PSU scheme to support domestic manufacturing have elicited mixed reactions from the industry in the survey.