BHEL brings 200MW module and 105MW cell capacity online in India

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The manufacturing lines were inaugurated by Hon’ble Union Minister for Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Sh. Anant Geete, at the company’s manufacturing plant. Imahe BHEL

Indian state-owned electricity equipment supplier and PV project developer Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has officially opened its upgraded and extended PV module manufacturing operations in Bangalore, Karnataka state, India.

BHEL said in a brief statement that a new state-of-the-art 200MW module assembly line (up from an existing 26MW line) was operational and a solar cell line with 105MW of nameplate capacity had also become operational.

BHEL had stated in December, 2014 that it wanted to establish a 500MW integrated solar cell and module assembly facility in Maharashtra, India that would be subject to government agency approvals. 

PV Tech recently highlighted that PV manufacturing capacity expansion announcements in India had surpassed China in 2016. However, plans as far back as 2014 in India have been slow to materialise and convert to actual capacity. 

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