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Published on November 8th, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown


315 MW Solar PPA Signed In Andhra Pradesh

November 8th, 2013 by  

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.

60.4-MWp Solar Power Plant in Bulgaria. (PRNewsFoto/SunEdison)

“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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  • Geddada Vijaykumar

    Greetings from Gedten Foundation-India.

    We have tied up with fund house interested in acquiring solar projects in India. Company is interested in buying solar energy opportunities where PPA and Land is ready but the promoter was unable to commission the plant due to non-availability of funds. Please let me know if you have any such queries.

    Looking forward for your email.
    With Best Regards

    +91 9440566494

  • Andrew

    M + W group can’t even get house installs done correctly:

  • Ronald Brakels

    While rooftop solar is appealing in India as it can take the place of diesel generators during blackouts, because India subsidises the retail price of electricity the incentive to install rooftop solar is reduced. But incentives that counter the disincentive to install rooftop solar have been put in place in some areas. However, for now I think large scale utility solar will continue to outpace point of use solar in areas that are on grid. Of course, for the hundreds of millions of Indians who are off grid point of use solar is the only way to go.

    • Ben

      It’s good news that Australia is the first country in the world to turning back the clock on renewable energy.

      It was 70% of Australian population voted to go back to coal energy two months ago to bring back coal electricity not solar power.

      • Ronald Brakels

        Yes, millions of Australians have installed coal generators on their roofs and are enjoying its sooty benefits.

        • Jim

          According to your statement that is quite right to say what you did. Fact 1, solar rooftop home does depend on the main coal transmission lines in order to receive good quality of power and reliability to the solar un-powered home.

          Fact 2, with out the good coal quality of power the streets transmission lines your grid tide system would not function at all and sit there doing nothing.

          Fact 3, wind turbines, depend on coal power in order to function with out it will not work.

          Fact 4, solar Grid connected system produce dirty power, which is of poor quality not conforming to the power Act.

          Last night the Former TV boss which now works for the Abbott government said that solar power was not justified, caused the cost of electricity to go up, calling for the solar scheme to be removed from the power network.

          • A Real Libertarian

            Fact 5, solar steals candy from children.

            Fact 6, solar kicks puppies.

            Fact 7, solar eats babies.

          • Jim

            Thank for that, I will add it to the list.

          • Ronald Brakels

            Now I’m imagining stokers feverishly shovelling coal into wind turbines.

          • TIM

            Ronald, you will damage the turbine, will I think the new Government had done that today by axing the Clean energy Future, that damage is unrepairable by using coal as it newly formed energy plain for a Clean Coal Energy Future.

          • Ronald Brakels

            Tim, I am proud of the reduction in Australia’s domestic coal use:

          • Coalman

            I Proud to voted for New Government to burn more coal, more coal more jobs, that why the government is proudly axing the Clean energy future.

            Thank to Liberals Nationals for that, More Coal more Jobs More energy at lower cost. Beside rooftop grid solar panel go on fire as reported on QLD radio.

        • Bert

          The NEW Australia’s Government denies global warming at Warsaw, its time that grid connected solar power gets pulled down from the rooftops. This is good News for people without solar power as the costs of clean coal power will come down to its normal price, as it was grid solar power that caused the price of coal energy to go up which pay for grid connected solar power.

  • JamesWimberley

    How will this plant be designed? In a hot country, it’s possible to intercrop solar energy with horticulture or grazing if you mount the panels high enough, or pay extra for translucent. It pains me to see photos of solar farms in US deserts where the ground has been scraped clean of all life. They could easily be rich habitats.

    • Grad

      I agree, combination of horticulture or grazing with photovoltaics would be much better land use!

    • Ronald Brakels

      Land tends to be cheap in relation to the cost of capital in Andhra Pradesh, so I doubt they will invest the extra money in making the metal frames suitable for agriculture. However, this doesn’t mean an enterprising Indian farmer couldn’t put the land to agricultural use anyway can carefully cultivate stuff between or under the panels.

      Here in Australia solar panels could improve plant growth on a lot of marginal land by improving water availability but no one is likely to bother growing food on solar farms due to the high cost of labour. We only grow food where machinery limits the amount of labour required. (Maybe in the future a robot could grow food on a solar farm?) But Australia is unlikely to build much in the way of solar farms due to our habit of sticking on our roofs as our high retail electricity prices make this the most economical option.

    • Jerry

      As Mr Brakels has said, it does make good commercial and business sense. I stay in Delhi and there are vast tracts of land available which is of no use except for “Kikar” plants or shrubs on those land. It serves no purpose. But the land can be used for creating solar farm by erecting and mounting panels at least 10 to 15 feet above the ground level. This way purpose of generating electricity from Solar Panels can be done and also there will be shade below it and the plants or the Kikar shrubs will not be destroyed. Fauna and flora of the land will be maintained.

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