Solar power producer Azure Power has commissioned its Nagaur photovoltaic (PV) solar power plant in the village of Kathauti in Rajasthan, India.
The power plant, which came on line last week, expands the existing 5MW Nagaur PV plant to 40MW.
With the latest expansion, the Nagaur plant has become the largest solar power plant to be commissioned at a single location under India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM).
The solar power project was awarded under Phase I Batch II allocation of the JNNSM and now supplies clean electricity to state-owned utility Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam.
The renewable energy project, which is spread over 303 acres of wasteland, uses thin film photovoltaic modules from US-based solar panels manufacturer First Solar.
It is expected to offset about 66,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide annually, thus contributing to climate change mitigation.
US Ex-Im Bank supported Azure Power by providing non-recourse funding to buy US technology for the project.
"Ex-Im Bank is proud to finance cutting-edge American-made solar equipment to help meet India’s clean energy demand under the charter of the National Solar Mission," Ex-Im president and chairman Fred P Hochberg said.
Commenting on the project’s commissioning, Azure Power CEO Inderpreet Wadhwa said, "Azure Power has continuously demonstrated its commitment to inclusive growth through clean energy generation for grid connected, rooftop and off-grid initiatives across India," added Wadhwa.
"We are in line with the government of India’s ambition of adding 20GW of solar power by 2022. Our vision of providing affordable solar power for generations drives us to carry out extensive research and development in order to bring down the cost of energy for the end consumer."
Image: The 40MW Nagaur solar power project in Rajasthan, India, features First Solar PV modules. Photo: courtesy of First Solar.