According to a report by KPMG, the ramp-up in solar power generation capacity and its competitiveness could disrupt traditional power generators. In some States which are promoting solar (and wind power) aggressively, conventional coal generators could see their plant load factors fall by as much as 10- 15 per cent by 2020.

The report added that the drop in PLF of coal-based power generators due to increased solar power capacity could accelerate after 2020. The report expects India to add at least 20,000 MW of solar power capacity each year after 2020.

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  1. Just more evidence that the coming “solar tsunami” will cause substantial disruption for conventional coal generators. If you look behind the fall in coal load factors, I believe you will see substantial increases in plant cycling due to solar. Our power plant cycling causality research is showing this in the California ISO balancing authority. For more information see our press release “Solar Causing Three Times the Power Plant Cycling of Wind” issued by at

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