SunEdison inaugurates 50 MW PV plant in India

The Dammakhedi project was connected to the Madhya Pradesh state grid last December, with construction work finished two months ahead of schedule.

It is said to be the first solar power plant in the state to use single axis tracker technology, says SunEdison, adding that the generated energy is being delivered to the central government’s Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).

"Solar is more cost effective than energy generated from fossil fuels in India, solar power plants can be built quickly and additional capacity can be easily added later on. The Dammakhedi plant uses the latest solar technologies to maximize energy production," comments SunEdison Asia-Pacific president, Pashupathy Gopalan.

Manu Srivastava, IAS, Madhya Pradesh government Principal Secretary and Commissioner, New and Renewable Energy Department, and MD of the Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam organization, adds, "Our government … will continue to promote investments in the renewable energy space, which will contribute substantially to the Prime Minister’s ambitious plans to develop 100 gigawatts of solar power by 2022."

In related news today, the Indian government is set to introduce its first U.S. dollar bidding process for solar tenders next month, in an effort to attract greater overseas investment and cut development costs in the country.