Suniva and Titan Energy Systems have completed and commissioned a 1MW solar power plant project in Jamuria, West Bengal, India. Suniva’s monocrystalline-silicon photovoltaic cells power the Titan modules deployed at the site, which the companies say will likely expand by another 250kW early in 2010.
The electricity from the PV system, which was built for West Bengal Energy Development Corp. (a government of West Bengal Enterprise), is transmitted into the power grid of utility provider, viz., DPSCLtd, Seebpore, Asansol. This plant is expected to provide enough power for more than 500 homes and a few coal mines in the local Asansol district.
The project was finished within five months, in spite of several constraints experienced being the first of its kind in India, the companies said.
Neither further details on the PV system itself nor the financial terms of the deal have been disclosed.
“High-efficiency solar technology presents significant advantages in terms of land use and balance of system costs, and Suniva is our key partner for delivering the high power and volumes needed to keep projects reliably moving forward,” said Sankar Chodagam, managing director of Titan Energy Systems.
Over the next five years, Titan plans to develop a series of large-scale projects and installations in Andhra Pradesh, India. Suniva fully supports and looks forward to continuing its collaboration with the fast-growing Indian market.
“As India pursues its significant goals for solar power, innovative solar cell technology will be just as crucial as new system designs and deployment strategies,” said John Baumstark, CEO of Suniva. “We maintain a close and open dialogue with Titan in order to provide them with the best possible technology solutions and look forward to partnering with them in the recently announced 1GW project in Andhra Pradesh.”
Suniva’s is also being integrated into a variety of installations throughout the United States, including a 550kW solar farm in North Carolina and a 10MW development in Georgia. The company recently ramped its second mono-cSi solar-cell production line near Atlanta and has plans to build another factory in Michigan in the future.