Solar project developer Moser Baer Clean Energy (MBCE) has completed its 30MW PV plant in Gujarat, India, reports Bloomberg. The system, situated in the district of Banaskantha, is the largest project installed in the country and cost INR4.65 billion (US$95 million).
On Friday, Gujarat's Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, is inaugurating the system, when it will officially become the first utility-scale project to achieve grid connection under the Indian Government’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission. Thin-film panels from First Solar, DuPont and Moser Baer will power the site, which is projected to generate around 52 million kWh of electricity a year.
Banaskantha is the first of several major installations planned for the state of Gujarat. “The state of Gujarat is seen as one of the best solar power generation destinations due to its progressive solar policies, stable political and economic conditions and more importantly, abundant availability of daylight,” Moser Baer Projects’ chairman, Ratul Puri, said.
Under the National Solar Mission, India aims to increase its solar capacity to 20GW over the next decade and MBCE plans to contribute 1.5GW towards this total by 2015.