One of India’s largest independent renewable energy generation companies has announced that it commissioned its largest solar power project to date.
ReNew Power Limited announced that it commissioned 300 megawatts of solar power capacity in the southern state of Karnataka. The project is part of the Pavagada solar power park, one of the largest solar power parks in the country. ReNew already has a 50-megawatt solar project operational at the site.
The project is part of ReNew’s 3-gigawatt portfolio of operational and under-construction solar power plants. Along with its wind energy projects, the company has a portfolio of around 7 gigawatts. The company had secured the 350-megawatt capacity at Pavagada solar park through multiple competitive auctions. The newly commissioned 300-megawatt project is quite unique. ReNew Power claims that it is the first project in India to use high-efficiency Mono PERC modules. The project also used seasonal tilt technology to increase efficiency.
The Pavagada solar power park was initially planned to have an installed capacity of 2 gigawatts, which was later increased by 50 megawatts. This capacity was auctioned by the Solar Energy Corporation of India, NTPC Limited, and the Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (KREDL). The entire capacity has been auctioned and the park is expected to achieve its planned capacity by the end of this year.
We reported about a year back that the first phase of the solar park had become operational with a total capacity of 600 megawatts. Since then, several more projects have become operational at the park. Some of the companies that have implemented projects at this park include ReNew Power, Adani Green Energy, Tata Power Solar, Fortum, Azure Power, and RattanIndia. Softbank-backed SB Energy is working on a 200-megawatt project.
Pavagada is among the first solar power parks to be envisioned under the solar power parks policy of the Indian government. The development of the park suffered several setbacks with developers unwilling to subscribe to the full capacity offered in some instances. KREDL had to re-tender portions of its 1,250-megawatt share due to lack of developers’ interest. SECI, which auctioned 200 megawatts of capacity, was also unsuccessful in auctioning another 200 megawatts of storage-equipped capacity.
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