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Nextracker Lands Order For 1.56 Gigawatt India Solar Project

The world’s largest solar engineering, procurement, and construction firm has selected Nextracker to supply trackers for a mega solar power project in India.

According to media reports, Sterling and Wilson Renewable Energy will procure trackers for a 1.56 gigawatt solar power project in the state of Gujarat. The company is constructing the project for India’s largest power generation company, NTPC Limited.

The project will be located at the Khavda renewable energy park, one of the largest in the world. The project is expected to be commissioned by June 2024.

Sterling and Wilson had secured rights to construct the 1.56 gigawatt project though a tendering price in August 2022. Apart from constructing the project, the company will also provide operational and maintenance support for three years. Sterling and Wilson quoted a price of Rs 22 crore for this bid.

NTPC Renewable Energy plans to use the power produced at the renewable energy park to generate green hydrogen and supply it to industrial consumers.

The Khavda renewable energy park is located in the Rann of Kutch located at the international border between India and Pakistan. The park was launched in December 2020. The government intends to set up around 30 gigawatts of solar and wind power capacity at this park.

The government has allocated an area within the park to public and private sector companies to develop projects. Adani Green Energy has been allocated 9.5 gigawatts while Suzlon Energy and NTPC Renewable Energy have been allocated 4.75 gigawatts capacity each. Two companies owned by the Gujarat government, Gujarat Industries Power Company and Gujarat State Electricity Corporation, have been allocated 2,375 megawatts and 3,325 megawatts capacity respectively. The Solar Energy Corporation of India has been allocated land for developing 3,000 megawatts of wind power capacity.

These companies must install at least 50% of the allocated capacity by December 2024 and fully commission the allocated capacity by December 2026.

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