Vikram Solar commissions 40 MW solar plant in India

Solar module manufacturer and EPC Vikram Solar has this week successfully commissioned a 40 MW solar PV plant for IL&FS Energy Development Company Limited (IEDCL) in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

The installation uses Vikram Solar’s high-efficiency Eldora 250 polycrystalline PV modules, and occupies a 260-acre site. Built in two 20 MW phases, the plant is now connected to the grid as part of India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) Phase-II, Batch-I scheme, which is overseen by the country’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

Vikram Solar has also secured the rights to manage the installation’s operations and maintenance (O&M) requirements, signing a ten-year contract with plant owner IEDCL. In its first full year of operation, the installation is expected to generate 79,200,000kWh of solar electricity.

The completion of the project is a landmark success for Vikram Solar. All solar cells and modules used in the installation were manufactured domestically in Falta, West Bengal, ensuring the project adhered to local content requirements mandated under the JNNSM Phase-2 guidelines.

"Vikram Solar is very proud to have been entrusted with this project," said Vikram Solar CEO and MD Gyanesh Chaudhary. "Recognizing the potential of this prestigious scheme, Vikram Solar focused its expertise to meet the challenge of completing both phases within the given deadline. The plant is therefore one of the flagship projects under the JNNSM Phase-2 scheme."

Given a 3 GW development benchmark, JNNSM Phase-2 is intended to further accelerate India’s solar evolution, and demands a large proportion of projects to source components from domestic manufacturers. Provided modules are pieced together in India, then raw materials such as P-type or N-type wafers can be sourced from overseas.

Under expanded targets, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi hopes that Phase-2 of the national solar mission can add around 15.75 GW of solar capacity to India’s PV portfolio, and has announced bold investment plans designed to achieve that lofty goal.