This is the second project by Technique Solaire in India, and its most powerful plant to date. The France based developer, who was awarded in June by the International Chamber of Commerce for its work in India, already commissioned a first 5.5 MWp photovoltaic power plant in March 2017 in the state of Uttarakhand, in the north of the country. .
On a surface of 40 hectares and comprising 81,840 panels of 330 Wp, this second ground power plant has a total capacity of 27 MWp. It should produce the equivalent of the local electricity consumption of 65,000 inhabitants.
Won by the developer’s local subsidiary JLTM Energy in May 2018 under a State call for tenders, the installation – the commissioning of which was initially announced for September 2019 – required an investment of around 12 million d ‘euros.
Technique Solaire announces that the electricity produced will be sold at the lowest rate in the Indian state of Maharashtra, where the power plant is located (in the district of Parbhani more precisely). However, for the two solar projects, the producer has already concluded a PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) with the energy distribution companies Uttarakhand Power Corporation and Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company, running for 25 years.
Established in India since 2014, Technique Solaire intends to make a long-term commitment to this market. The government indeed places solar energy as one of its priorities, its ambition being to have an installed capacity of 100 GWp by 2022.
“Our objective is to develop 200 to 300 MWp in India in the next three years,” said Manu Bishnoi, the India director of Solar Technology, adding that the sector is highly competitive with the presence of Indian, foreign and French giants such as EDF, Engie or Total-Eren.
Technique Solaire also declared that it was targeting 1 GW of installed and owned capacity in 2024, including 700 MW in France.