|Roof Solar Capacity Growth Falls 7 Per Cent in 2019|
India’s renewable energy push has come under strain, with a 7 per cent on-year fall in solar rooftop capacity building in 2019, ending an eight-year run of continuous growth in demand. Demand is likely to fall further in 2020 owing to disruptions caused by COVID-19, according to a report by consultancy firm Bridge to India. This is a cause for concern for the government, which has declared renewable power an essential service amid the lockdown to keep up growth. The ‘India Solar Rooftop Map Report’ says India’s rooftop installed capacity stood at 5440 MW on December 31, 2019, adding only 1534 MW in 2019. The agency attributed the decline to uncertainty in the market owing to policy volatility and a weakening economy.