In spite of reports at the beginning of January about Indian project developers campaigning for extensions on deadlines for commissioning solar projects, GMR Energy has announced the completion of a 25MW grid-interactive solar power project.
Located at Charanka park in Patan District, the 25MW grid-interactive crystalline solar PV project was executed through GMR Gujarat Solar Power, a subsidiary of GMR Energy. The project was awarded in Oct 2010 by the state and successfully commissioned on December 31, 2011. Power from this plant will be supplied to Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam on a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement under the Gujarat State Solar Policy.
The Charanka park is one of a number of large-scale parks planned in Gujarat to meet rising energy demands in the state. Last year, the Asian Development Bank offered a US$100 million loan to the state of Gujarat to help speed up construction of its new large-scale solar power facilities. The parks will provide developers with the necessary permits and services to fast track system installation and also help the Indian government achieve its goal of generating 20GW through solar by 2022.
Raaj Kumar, CEO GMR Energy Limited said, “The commissioning of one of India’s largest solar power projects is a significant step for the Company towards a balanced power portfolio. We wish to play a very responsible role as a power producer. Our power plants are energy efficient and ecofriendly”.