Welspun Energy commissions its first JNNSM PV project in Rajasthan

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Welspun Energy, an Indian solar project developer, has commissioned a 15MW PV project in Phalodi Tehsil, Jodhpur district in Rajasthan, India.

The plant is equipped with thin-film modules supplied by Japanese manufacturer Sharp while electricity generated by the plant will benefit from a tariff rate of INR8.14 (US$0.15) per kWh.

ineet Mittal, Co- Founder and Managing Director of Welspun Energy., said: “We are pleased to bring this 15 MW solar project online much ahead of its schedule. Strong integration of engineering design, technology and focused project management has helped us in achieving quality, time and cost superiority. This project has been one of many where we have proved that focus on innovation is necessary to gain that extra edge. We are looking forward to becoming change agents for widespread green energy adoption and contributing to India’s growth through clean energy.”

The project represents the first of three which Welspun’s subsidiary has won under a competitive bidding process.  The bids covered the second batch of the first phase of India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) programme which aims to install 20GW of PV capacity in the country by 2022.

Welspun Energy has revealed that the remaining two projects, another 15MW plant and a 20MW, are also close to completion. All three projects are expected to be commissioned in the coming weeks ahead of their contractual schedule of 26 February 2013.

The company was the only organisation to have been awarded the maximum capacity of 50MW through three projects under the second batch of the programme. All three projects will be located in Phalodi Tehsil and will generate a total output of 90 million kWh a year.

The 50MW project has been designed to accommodate different solar technologies, which provides Welspun Energy with the opportunity to source modules from multiple suppliers. Project developers sometimes face delays in development due to shortages of component supplies. By sourcing from multiple vendors, Welspun has extended its sourcing base, thereby speeding up its execution cycle time.

In addition to this 50MW project, Welspun Energy has also won a contract to develop a 130MW PV project in Madhya Pradesh which, according to the company, will represent the largest solar project to be developed in India. The project is currently under construction and is slated to be commissioned by the end of 2013.

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