India’s Azure Power has commissioned a 100 MW solar plant in the city of Jodhpur in the Indian state of Rajasthan. According to Azure, the installation is the largest PV project under India’s National Solar Mission (NSM) policy. The independenet power producer won the project under the NSM Phase-2 Batch I to supply power to Solar Energy Corporation of India for 25 years at a price of INR 5.45 ($0.085) per kilowatt hour.
Azure said the commissioning of the project makes it "the single largest owner and operator of solar PV projects under the NSM with a cumulative operational capacity of 142 MW."
India’s government announced the JNNSM in 2010 and has allocated solar PV projects totaling 1,250 MW over three tranches of 150 MW, 350 MW and 750 MW. Azure won projects in all three tranches, with 5 MW, 35 MW and 100 MW (the maximum permissible capacity) won and commissioned respectively under each of the three tranches. The completion of the projects has also made Azure the largest solar power investor in Rajasthan.
The 100 MW solar plant also marks an achievement in terms of local content. As part of its "Make in India" solar power initiative, Azure used 60 MW of locally manufactured equipment in the project. "This is the first of its kind large capacity solar power project executed exclusively with Indian technology and manufacturing," the company said.
"With the commissioning of this 100 MW plant we have once again demonstrated our strong project development, engineering and execution capabilities," said Azure founder and CEO Inderpreet Wadhwa. "This is the largest capacity project under the NSM Phase-2, where the power is being sold to Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) at INR 5.45 per kilowatt hour with viability gap funding. This is almost a 70% reduction in price of solar power since our first project in 2009 and we are pleased to make this contribution towards attaining grid parity for solar power."