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India-based tier-one module manufacturer Vikram Solar has commissioned a 40MW solar power plant in Madhya Pradesh for IL&FS Energy Development Company Limited (IEDCL).

Vikram has also won a 10-year operations and maintenance (O&M) contract for the solar installation.

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) awarded the project to IEDCL as part of the second phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), which is run by the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

The plant was installed on 105 hectares of land within six months in two 20MW phases. It is connected to a 132kV transmission line and to the national grid.

It is expected to generate an average of 79,200,000kWh in its first full year of operation.

Vikram was responsible for design, engineering, procurement, supply, erection and commissioning. It constructed the plant using its Eldora 250 polycrystalline PV modules.

Sunil Rathi, president of sales at Vikram Solar, said: “We use modules that are manufactured in Falta, West Bengal using PV cells made exclusively in India. We rely on products made in India in order to promote local production of solar components, and this was also the case for the cells and modules mandated by SECI in JNNSM Phase-2.”

Vikram Solar recently teamed with Fraunhofer ISE, Meyer Burger, and centrotherm to include solar cell production as part of overall module capacity expansions. Vikram Solar said it also had plans to support the establishment of a solar academy in India with support from Fraunhofer ISE.