Spanish-German renewable energy developer Siemens Gamesa has confirmed this week that it will add 160 MW of solar PV capacity to its growing Indian pipeline.
The firm, which has already made inroads in the Indian clean energy space with the development of the nation’s first wind/solar hybrid plant, will build two large-scale solar farms of 100 MW and 60 MW capacity respectively.
The largest will be situated in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Siemens Gamesa has signed a development contract with a state utility for the project, and will deliver a complete turnkey solution, comprising infrastructure development, EPC services, and inverters and module supply.
The second solar farm will be constructed in Karnataka for an independent power producer (IPP), with Siemens Gamesa acting as EPC.
Both projects are slated to be commissioned by the second quarter of this year.
“Today India is one of the most promising markets for renewable energy,” said MRamesh Kymal, Chairman and MD, Siemens Gamesa India. “The country has witnessed incremental growth in the solar segment in the last three years and we expect the momentum to increase in the coming years. Having firmed up our roots in solar business, we are fully geared to contribute to the government’s target of 100 GW of solar power by 2022.”
The 100 MW Tamil Nadu project will add to the state’s growing portfolio of solar PV capacity, which could reach close to 14 GW within the next decade according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Currently, Tamil Nadu supplies around one-fifth of India’s renewable energy capacity.