First Solar has teamed up with Kiran Energy Solar Power and Mahindra Solar One to provide thin-film solar modules for two solar photovoltaic power plants to be constructed in India’s Rajasthan state.
The two plants will total 50 megawatts upon completion, when they will be one of India’s largest photovoltaic installations. They will generate an average of more than 85,000 megawatt-hours of clean electricity per year, which in India is equivalent to the annual electricity needs of more than 97,000 average households, and enough to displace more than 80,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.
The two projects are part of the second round of utility-scale solar projects being built under India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (NSM), which aims to install 20,000 megawatts of new solar electricity generating capacity by 2022.
First Solar has been contracted to supply more than 585,000 of its thin-film solar modules for the two projects, with construction planned to begin later this year and planned to be completed in the first quarter of 2013.
“First Solar looks forward to working with two leading companies like Kiran and Mahindra Solar One to support India’s renewable energy goals, and we are pleased they selected our technology as the best solution for the high ambient temperatures and diffuse sunlight conditions here,” said Sujoy Ghosh, First Solar’s India Country Head.
“This is a very exciting project for us,” said Pramoda Karkal, Chief Operating Officer of Kiran Energy, “especially so because Kiran Energy, as well as our joint venture, Mahindra Solar One, will own the largest solar power plant aggregation in a single location in India. We are also very happy about our partnership with First Solar, which is providing its world-class PV technology. This will enable us to create a high-quality solar plant that could rank among the best in the country in terms of quality, uptime and output.”
Source: First Solar
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