India’s Adani Power Plans Another Mega (1 GW) Solar Power Project

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One of India’s leading private sector power production companies, Adani Power, has announced plans to set up a 1 GW solar power project in the south of the country.

Tamil Nadu, the southern most state in India, has very ambitious targets to add solar power capacity. It is aiming for 3 GW of installed capacity by the end of this year, and 1 GW capacity added every subsequent year.

Adani Power plans to contribute to this plan in a major way.

The company is in talks with state government officials regarding the project. The main focus of the discussions would be the land required and the tariff for the project. Tariff is a contentious issue in Tamil Nadu. As per the existing regulations, projects commissioned by the end of Q3 2015 will be entitled to a tariff of around $0.11 per kWh which would subsequently fall to around $0.09 per kWh.

Tamil Nadu leads all Indian states in terms of installed capacity. But a big majority of that capacity is based on wind energy technology. With ample solar power resources the state is now looking to replicate the success with wind energy in the solar power sector.

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Adani Power has taken a similar approach in other states as it plans aggressively expand its installed capacity through solar power technology. Earlier this year, the company signed an agreement with the state government of Rajasthan to set up 10 GW of solar power capacity over the next few years. The first leg of this program will see 5 GW capacity installed.

To back these large-scale capacity addition plans, Adani Power signed an agreement with SunEdison to set up India’s largest solar panels manufacturing facility in Gujarat. The facility would require an investment of about $4 billion.

Once operational, the 1 GW solar power capacity is expected to generate over 1.6 billion kWh of electricity every year, offsetting around 1.5 million tonnes of CO2e.

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