Airtouch Solar, an Israeli specialist in water-free robotic cleaning solutions, announced this week that it has signed a $3.2 million contract with Amplus Solar, a distributed energy arm of Malaysia’s Petronas Group.
Airtouch will supply and install its robotic dry-cleaning systems for PV panels in Amplus’ tracker-based 300 MW solar project in Rajasthan. In addition, Airtouch shall provide comprehensive AMC services for the robots for 25 years.
The PV cleaning system installation is expected to complete by December this year.
Sharad Pungalia, managing director and CEO of Amplus Solar, said, “We have planned 100% robotic cleaning for our upcoming project in Rajasthan; this endeavor is expected to reduce water consumption by approx. 50 million liters per annum.”
Airtouch’s robotic PV panel cleaning is expected to increase power generation by up to 1.2% at Amplus Solar’s tracker-based 300 MW PV project in Rajasthan.
Tal Laufer, CEO of Airtouch Solar Group, said, “The collaboration with Amplus Solar has the potential to expand in India and abroad. This transaction shall strengthen Airtouch’s solutions for trackers fields.”
Nimish Jain, CEO of Airtouch Solar, India, said the latest deal is Airtouch Solar’s first agreement with Amplus. This project is the first tracker-based utility-scale solar project for Amplus with cleaning robots.
Airtouch Solar is headquartered in Israel and operates two production centers in Israel and India. The company has signed cleaning robot agreements for over 4.4 GW of PV plants and has already completed product deployment for around 2.8 GW.
Amplus Solar provides clean energy solutions to commercial and industrial customers by setting up on-site solar projects (rooftop and ground-mounted) and off-site solar farms. It owns and manages a portfolio of over 1.4 GW of distributed solar assets and serves 350+ Indian and multinational firms. Amplus has also diversified into new avenues such as battery storage, residential solar, and electric vehicle-based logistics solutions.
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