Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has won an order for setting up a 75 MW solar PV power plant on engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) basis, in Gujarat. Significantly, this will be BHEL’s largest Solar PV project till date.
The power plant will be set up at Charanka solar park located in Patan district of Gujarat, and comes under the Gujarat Solar Park. Currently, 214 MW has been commissioned at Charanka.
The order placed by Gujarat Industries Power Company Limited (GIPCL) will bring BHEL’s solar portfolio to 545 MW. The company is presently executing over 150 MW of ground-mounted and rooftop solar PV projects across the country.
Since the past three decades, BHEL has been contributing to the national initiatives for developing and promoting renewable energy based products. The company has enhanced its manufacturing lines of solar cells to 105 MW and modules to 226 MW per annum. In addition, space-grade solar panels using high efficiency cells and space-grade battery panels are being manufactured at its Electronic Systems Division, Bengaluru, Karnataka.
Moreover, BHEL also offers EPC solutions for off-grid PV and has set up such plants in various locations in India including the Lakshadweep Islands for island electrification. Moreover, the company is one of the few firms in India whose solar business is backed by a dedicated research and development (R&D) team.
The company is also venturing in lithium-ion cells manufacturing, for which it has signed a technology transfer agreement with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).