The 75MW system in Dhule will be India’s largest when it is completed in early 2012
Lanco Infratech and juwi Holding have won a contract to build India’s largest solar system in the city of Dhule. The 75MW solar plant will cost INR8.84 billion (US$195 million) and be completed by February 2012. Equipment suppliers for the record-breaking project are still to be confirmed. The juwi group established its Indian subsidiary in October 2010, with the aim of installing over 100MW of solar power projects over the coming years.
Site Size: undisclosed
Cost: US$195 million
Construction Timetable: - February 2012
Yash Birla to build manufacturing facility in Maharashtra, India
Yash Birla was templted into the solar sector by the Indian Government’s National Solar Mission
Industrial conglomerate Yash Birla will make its first venture into the solar industry by building a new cell and wafer production facility in the state of Maharashtra in central India. The total cost for the project will be INR54 billion (US$1.2 billion) and, when completed, it will be one of the largest PV manufacturing sites in the region.
The first stage, costing around INR15 billion (US$333,500), will see production capacity for cells and wafers set at 60MW and 125MW respectively, with construction scheduled for completion by the end of 2011.
The plant, which will be located in the Satara district of Maharashtra, is to be funded through a mixture of equity investment and debt from a consortium of 11 domestic lenders; Yash Birla’s subsidiary, Birla Surya, is managing the financing of the project.
Chairman Yash Birla said that the decision to enter the solar marketplace was driven by the opportunity presented by the Indian Government’s National Solar Mission, which aims to establish PV capacity totalling 20GW by 2022. Birla also added that his company was planning to build R&D facilities to ensure products meet quality and longevity standards.
Tata BP Solar commissions 1MW PV power plant in India
1MW PV power plant uses 4,400, 230 Watt crystalline silicon modules.
A 1MW PV power plant, using 4,400 230 Watts crystalline silicon modules has been installed and commissioned by Tata BP Solar India, which is administered by IREDA under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) in Maharashtra. Tata BP was the EPC contractor and plans to provide maintenance for the plant for the first 10 years. The PV plant is said to be owned and developed by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana Ltd (BASSKL), Arvindnagar, Osmanabad in Maharashtra.
Mr K Subramanya, CEO, Tata BP Solar, said, “This one Mega Watt project is another important milestone towards achieving the solar mission goal of India. Tata BP Solar team as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor worked hard and in tandem with the BASSKL team to put up a state-of-the-art Solar Power plant.”
The plant is designed to run for 25 years and the crystalline silicon modules manufactured and supplied by Tata BP are guaranteed to perform for this period.
Tata BP Solar said it had another 15 projects under various stages of sevelopment within the IREDA- run scheme including areas such as Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chattisgarh, Orissa, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand.
Gujarat secures US$100 million ADB loan for solar park
The ADB has offered a US$100 million loan to help build the 500MW Gujarat Solar Power Transmission Project.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has offered a US$100 million loan to the Indian state of Gujarat to help speed up construction of its new large-scale solar power facilities.
ADB’s 25-year loan will finance the Gujarat Solar Power Transmission Project, funding a substation, transmission lines and other equipment to collect and distribute power generated by systems in the Charanka Solar Park in Gujarat’s Patan district.
These facilities are a boon to the PV industry in India, and Gujarat in particular, making it far more attractive, from a financial perspective, for private companies wishing to build large-scale PV plants.
“By putting in reliable power transmission facilities in the solar park, ADB will help draw in private sector developers, while providing a model which can be replicated to scale up solar power in a significant manner in India,” said Naoki Sakai, ADB’s senior climate change specialist.
The Charanka park, which hopes to eventually ramp up capacity to 500MW, is one of a number of large-scale parks planned in Gujarat to meet rising energy demands in the state. The parks will provide developers with the necessary permits and services to fast track system installation and also help the Indian government achieve its goal of generating 20GW through solar by 2022.
Order Focus: First Solar lands 100MW supply agreement for Reliance Power’s Jaisalmer project
First Solar signs 100MW supply deal with India’s Reliance Power.
Upon the US Export-Import Bank approving a US$84.2 million direct loan last month to Reliance Power’s Dahanu Solar Power unit, the company was able to secure an agreement with First Solar for the delivery of 100MW of solar modules. Under the supply contract, First Solar will deliver 40MW of its thin-film modules to Reliance Power by the end of the year, with the remaining 60MW delivered in 2012. The solar modules will be used for Reliance Power’s Jaisalmer solar project, which will supply solar electricity to Mumbai. The companies claim that this is the largest PV module supply agreement in India to date.
Jim Brown, president of First Solar’s Utility Systems Business Group commented, “With strong growth projections, India is expected to become one of the world’s major solar markets, due to its abundant solar resource and significant energy demand. This agreement with Reliance Power continues First Solar’s momentum in India, helping develop the country’s long-term, sustainable solar market.”
Solar Frontier closes deal to supply CIS modules for over 30MW of solar projects in India
Solar Frontier’s CIS modules will be deployed to over 30MW of solar projects in India.
Solar Frontier will be starting to put its Kunitomi plant to serious work as it recently closed a deal to supply over 30MW of its CIS solar modules to solar projects in India by the end of 2011. The deal with the National Solar Mission and Gujarat State intends to use Solar Frontier’s CIS modules in various solar projects as the company’s modules are said to deliver higher overall energy output under real weather conditions.
“We were very impressed with Solar Frontier’s CIS technology due to its high efficiency and low temperature coefficient,” said one of the clients. “The temperatures are very high in the part of India where we are installing, so the fact that CIS technology gives more power output than other technologies at higher temperatures was a key factor for choosing Solar Frontier over other tenders. This project is just the first step in a long-term strategy for us to install more solar capacity going forward – and we will continue to partner with Solar Frontier for more projects in other parts of India.”
Canadian Solar reaches India in 33MW PV module supply deal for 2011
Cirus Solar Systems is building a single large 20MW plant as well as two smaller 8MW and 5MW plants in Gujarat, India.
An India-based solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company, Cirus Solar Systems has secured a 33MW PV module supply deal with Canadian Solar for several key projects that has already seen module shipments starting. The supply deal will last through the fourth quarter of this year. Canadian Solar said that the PV modules would be used in projects undertaken by Cirus Solar Systems for ‘of two prominent Indian conglomerates,’ without disclosing their identities.
“We have selected Canadian Solar products because of their high quality, reliable delivery and strong commitment to customer service,” commented Mr. I. Syam Prasad Reddy, Chairman and Managing Director of Indu Group, owners of EPC firm, Cirus. “We will be using Canadian Solar’s 60-cell CS6P for ground-mounted applications, including a single large 20MW plant as well as two smaller 8MW and 5MW plants coming up in the government sponsored solar park in Gujarat, India. These projects are expected to be completed by December 2011.”
The deal marks Canadian Solars move into the Indian market, which it expects to become one of the largest solar markets in the world, according to Dr. Shawn Qu, Canadian Solar’s Chairman and CEO.