SunEdison Commissions 146 MW Solar Power Capacity In India

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SunEdison, the US-based renewable energy developer, recently reported an expansion of its installed capacity base in India. 

SunEdison reported, earlier this month, that it commissioned 146 MW of solar power capacity across three states in India. The company did not report if these projects were commissioned under any state solar power policy. The projects are located in the southern Indian states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu.

SunEdison India President stated that the company has so far commissioned 470 MW of renewable energy capacity in India. The company has one of the most ambitious renewable energy capacity addition targets in India among all developers, planning to set up 10 GW of solar energy and 5.2 GW of wind energy capacity by 2022.

Over the next 18 months, SunEdison plans to develop 1.5 GW of solar power capacity in India. The company recently secured rights to develop 500 MW solar power capacity in the state of Andhra Pradesh through a competitive auction organised by power generating company NTPC Limited.

While a number of companies participated in the auction, SunEdison secured the entire 500 MW capacity. The company placed a bid of Rs 4.63/kWh (US¢7.12/kWh). It was the first time in India that a company secured a winning bid of lower than Rs 5.00/kWh (US¢7.7/kWh).

The company, however, has had some setbacks as well. It sold 425 MW of solar power assets to its yieldco TerraForm Global for $231 million to retire some debt. It, reportedly, also had to cancel planned acquisition of Continuum Wind Energy for an estimated $600 million.

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