Welspun Energy and ABB report 700 MW of PV installed in India

Indian IPP Welspun Energy and Switzerland-based solar inverter manufacturer ABB announced today that they have together installed almost 700 MW of solar PV projects across several Indian states like Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Last year, Welspun and ABB have successfully commissioned a 52 MW PV plant in Baramati, state of Maharashtra, which was the first ever public-private partnership (PPP) project for the Indian solar sector. The Baramati solar project is said to generate enough energy to power 240,000 households and reduce CO2 emissions by 83,220 tones annually.

“We chose ABB as a bankable partner owing to its leadership in inverter technology, strong local presence and a robust service network which has helped us to synchronize our plants in a very short time,” managing director of Welspun Energy Vineet Mittal said in the announcement.

Swiss ABB has supplied more than half of the entire 5.1 GW total of solar inverters installed in India. “India and solar power are core focus areas in ABB’s global next level strategy,” said ABB’s managing director Sanjeev Sharma. “We look forward to contributing to initiatives such as Make in India, power to all and 100 GW of solar power by 2022.”

Yesterday, ABB announced that it would work together with the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) to design, build and supply equipment for microgrids in rural areas of India. With thousands of Indian villages still un-electrified, the decentralized microgrids are a viable solution to power them, the company said in the announcement.

A memorandum of understanding signed by ABB and IITM includes technical cooperation in developing the microgrids, as well as joint R&D in the field of rural electrification, utilization of natural non-fossil resources, battery energy storage and their connection to loads and main grid.