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Cleantech News Welspun Solar Project Madhya Pradesh

Published on August 25th, 2014 | by Mridul Chadha

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Indian Renewable Energy Company Welspun Plans $2.5 Billion Investment Over Next Three Years

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August 25th, 2014 by  

Welspun Solar Project Madhya Pradesh

Welspun Energy’s 151 MW solar PV project in Madhya Pradesh, India | Credit: Welspun Energy

Indian renewable energy companies are preparing for long-term investments as the new government gets ready to introduce favorable regulatory initiatives to expand renewable energy infrastructure.

One of India’s leading renewable energy companies, Welspun Group, has announced plans to invest Rs 15,000 crore –  or $2.5 billion US – to develop wind and solar power capacity over the next three years. The group hopes to have an installed renewable energy capacity of 1.75 GW by the end of the next three years. So far, the group has installed 330 MW capacity, while 750 MW capacity is under development.

The group will continue to invest heavily in the development of solar power capacity; it also expected to install about 120 MW of wind energy capacity by March of next year. The company will invest in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, and Rajasthan to develop solar power projects.

Earlier this year, Welspun Energy commissioned Asia’s largest solar power project. The 151 MW that required an investment of $177 million is located in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, and started generation around February this year.

The project attracted $24 million investment from GE Energy Financial Services earlier this year. Welspun Energy had taken debt worth $150 million for implementing this project, and the equity investment made by GE Energy Financial Services will be used to pay off a portion of the debt.

More recently, the Asian Development Bank had invested $50 million to pick up 13.3% equity stake in a subsidiary of Welspun Energy, Welspun Renewables Energy Limited. The company will use this investment to add more than 250 MW of renewable energy capacity by March 2016.

The company may take additional measures to raised funds to finance the implementation of the envisaged capacity. For this purpose the Asian Development Bank may assist the company to launch an initial public offer.

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About the Author

currently works as Head-News & Data at Climate Connect Limited, a market research and analytics firm in the renewable energy and carbon markets domain. He earned his Master’s in Technology degree from The Energy & Resources Institute in Renewable Energy Engineering and Management. He also has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering. Mridul has a keen interest in renewable energy sector in India and emerging carbon markets like China and Australia.



  • praj

    Welspun is not going to complete any big projects in energy sector soon.The poor technical team strength,planning,and project organization will reduce welspun’s goodwill soon in energy sector.but financially the company may be capable for doing MW project but Technically doubtful.

  • JamesWimberley

    Welspun’s 151MW project cost $177 million, or $1.17 per watt. The insolation is high, so the LCOE must be very low.

    Has anybody g t data on India’s load profile? A lot of rural demand is for irrigation pumps. These are presumably not needed during the monsoon – precisely when solar output falls off. However, household use for lighting and phone charging extend into the night, so some distributed storage is needed too.

    • Offgridman

      I think that the big solar projects are more to power industry and help keep the grid operating in the cities. It is very easy to find stories where the grid is only functional for 2-4 hours a day in urban areas

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