In Andhra Pradesh, India, New Generation Power, which is a global renewable energy project developer, recently signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Premier Solar Group for 315 MW of solar energy. 315 MW! This is part of a larger 1,000 MW group of solar power plants.
New Generation Power is the constructor, owner, and operator of this project. Premier Solar and Mumbai-based WAARE Energies were hired to provide EPC services for the first 70 MW phase of the project.
This project is projected to cost $400 million over a 12 month period. According to PV-Tech:
Equipment will be supplied from a factory in Gujarat, operated by Patriot Solar Group and WAARE. “Patriot Solar Group is truly delighted to be a part of this world-class team. Together with WAAREE Group, the production facilities for our full line of tracking, mounting and mobile fixed off-grid solar systems are already being developed,” said Patriot Solar’s president, Jeff Mathie.
“New Generation Power will build a world-class solar facility that India will be proud to call its own that will create significant job opportunities and economic development for Andhra Pradesh,” said Chirinjeev Kathuria, the chairman of New Generation Power.
Is this the direction that India should head in? Or should they use more residential solar? Share your thoughts in the comments section, after reading my thoughts below.
As BBC indicates, India has an energy crisis caused by aging electricity transmission infrastructure. Due to that fact, it is not only an impending reliability issue, but it is already malfunctioning.
According to the same BBC article, power outages due to grid breakdowns have left nearly half of India’s population without power, and this problem grows as the country develops into a more energy-reliant society due to modernization.
India could, and in my opinion should allocate more of its solar power funding to the people, so they can install their own residential rooftop solar systems, enabling them to rely less on the grid. That would put less of a strain on the grid, as they wouldn’t need as much power from it and the funding could go into the people who need it most. On top of that comes all of the other benefits of going solar — the benefits to the economy and the environment.
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