India-based Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) has received two orders worth Rs4370m ($65.3m) to develop a total of 80MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants in the southern region of the country.

Awarded by Indian Government-owned lignite mining and power generating company Neyveli Lignite and electronics company Bharat Electronics, the solar plant projects will be performed by BHEL under the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis.

For Neyveli Lignite, BHEL will develop a 65MW solar PV plant at Neyveli in the Indian state of Tamilnadu, and will construct a 15MW solar project for Bharat Electronics at the Ordinance Factory premises in Medak, Telangana, India.

With the current orders, the total solar PV portfolio of BHEL stands at 300MW in India.

“The total solar PV portfolio of BHEL stands at 300MW in India.”

Last year, BHEL secured two EPC orders from National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) for development of a 50MW solar PV power plant at Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh and a 50MW solar PV project at Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh.

The company produces solar cells and modules at its electronics division unit, and space-grade solar panels using high-efficiency cells and space-grade battery panels at its electronic systems division in Bengaluru.

BHEL provides EPC solutions for off-grid, as well as grid-interactive solar PV power plants.

The company has established solarpower plants in various locations across India, including the Lakshadweep Islands for island electrification.

Image: BHEL will develop a 65MW solar PV plant in Tamilnadu and a 15MW solarpower plant in Telangana. Photo: courtesy of franky242 / Freedigitalphotos.