India’s largest power generation equipment manufacturer, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has received two orders, worth over INR 1.25 billion, for the installation of 30 MW of solar PV power plants on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis, in Gujarat.
With these orders, BHEL’s solar capacity under construction at the Gujarat Solar Park has reached 120 MW, while the its solar portfolio has grown to 580 MW. The company is presently working on over 210 MW of ground-mounted and rooftop solar PV projects across the country.
Earlier in March of this year, BHEL won a contract for the installation of a 75MW PV plant on EPC basis, at Charanka in Gujarat, which was said to represent its largest solar PV project to date. The order was placed by Gujarat Industries Power Company Ltd (GIPCL).
In addition, the company has bagged significant orders in the renewable sector, including its first order from Himachal Pradesh, the largest ever order for the supply of solar PV modules from Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) and rooftop solar PV orders from the state of Telangana, and the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh.
BHEL has been contributing to national initiatives for the development and promotion of renewable energy-based products over the past three decades. The company has enhanced its state-of-the-art solar cell and module manufacturing lines. In addition to this, space-grade solar panels using high efficiency cells and space-grade battery panels are also being manufactured by the company at its Bengaluru plant. It has signed a technology transfer agreement with the Indian Space Research Organisation for the manufacturing of Space Grade lithium-ion cells.