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August 11, 2016

First Solar starts commercial operations of 130MW solar projects in India

American photovoltaic manufacturer First Solar has commenced projects that will provide 130MW of utility-scale solar power in two states of India.

By Lopamudra Roy

American photovoltaic manufacturer First Solar has commenced projects that will provide 130MW of utility-scale solar power in two states of India.

The 130MW of solar power includes a new 80MWac solar project in Andhra Pradesh and a 50MWac solar plant in Telangana, India.

Operated by subsidiary First Solar Power India, the two projects are part of the company's 260MWac solar project portfolio.

First Solar India country head Sujoy Ghosh said: “After achieving a recent milestone of 1GW of photovoltaic (PV) solar capacity footprint in India, we are delighted to add 130MWac of utility-scale solar power to the grid, growing our portfolio of operational solar assets to a cumulative capacity of 150MWac.

"With the commissioning of these plants we have once again demonstrated our strong execution capabilities."

“With the commissioning of these plants we have once again demonstrated our strong execution capabilities, and with First Solar’s module performance and reliability, the plants will provide the best possible return on investment.”

The two solar plants will generate enough power to supply electricity to nearly 227,500 average households across the nation, while successfully reducing more than 204,000t of CO² emissons every year.

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Both projects will be equipped with more than 1.4 million First Solar modules, which can provide energy in high-temperature, desert and coastal environments.

The power generated from the two solar projects will be acquired by the Southern Power Distribution Company of Andhra Pradesh and the Southern Power Distribution Company of Telangana, under 25-year power purchase agreements (PPA).


Image: First Solar has commenced commercial operation of 130MW of solar projects in India. Photo: courtesy of franky242 / Freedigitalphotos.

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