- Category: PV
13 Mar 2013
- Published on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 09:49
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India’s leading solar project developer, Welspun Energy Ltd., has commissioned Asia’s largest solar power facility in the state of Rajasthan ahead of schedule.
Welspun Energy Ltd., part of the larger $3.5 billion Welspun Group, commissioned a 50-megawatt solar power plant at Jodhpur district, according to The Economic Times.
This is the company’s biggest solar project to date as well as the biggest photovoltaic plant in India.
In an official statement, Welspun stressed the utility-scale solar project was commissioned “in an astounding five months; well ahead of schedule, creating a new benchmark for the industry.
"Welspun Energy is committed to supplying clean energy to power India's growth. This 50 MW solar project is an achievement for us," said Vineet Mittal, co-founder and Managing Director of Welspun Energy Ltd.
The solar project was developed in three phases of 15 MW, 15 MW and 20 MW. The first phase was completed earlier this year while the last two phases were recently fulfilled by Welspun.
As a whole, it is expected to generate 90 million kilowatt hours of power per year and provide clean electricity to about 25 million households. Approximately 83,220 million tons of carbon emissions will be avoided annually with the plant’s operations.
Welspun won the 50 MW solar project through a competitive bid under Batch 2, Phase 1 of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, which targets to install 20,000 MW of grid connected solar power by 2022. It is the only company to be awarded with a maximum capacity of 50 MW under this program, making it the largest project in India.
Currently, the New Delhi based company had already developed 250 MW of solar projects. It aims to put up an additional 750 MW of solar power facilities and 1 gigawatt of wind power plants across India. – EcoSeed Staff