First Solar adds another 130MW of solar PV to India's grid


India’s installed solar capacity grew by a further 130 MW this week, as First Solar’s Indian subsidiary, First Solar Power India, connected two solar power plants in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. This will be added to the 7,805 MW of solar that is already installed in the country, according to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, edging the country closer towards its ambitious solar target of 100 GW by 2022.

The larger of the two projects is an 80 MW plant in Andhra Pradesh, of which all the generated electricity will be sold to the Southern Power Distribution Company of Andhra Pradesh under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA). The second site is a 50 MW plant in Telangana, which also has a 25-year PPA in place, but this one is with the Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company.

The two large plants have been supplied with more than 1.4 million First Solar modules, which, the company announced, have been ‘independently certified for reliable performance in high temperature, high humidity, extreme desert, and coastal environments.’

“After achieving a recent milestone of 1 GW of PV solar capacity footprint in India, we are delighted to add 130 MW of utility-scale solar power to the grid, growing our portfolio of operational solar assets to a cumulative capacity of 150 MW,” commented First Solar’s Country Head for India Sujoy Ghosh. “With the commissioning of these plants we have once again demonstrated our strong execution capabilities, and with First Solar’s module performance and reliability, the plants will provide the best possible return on investment.”

Although First Solar may have a ‘solar capacity footprint’ of 1 GW in India, the company’s full project portfolio in the country is 260 MW. However, this is a very impressive market share in the country’s solar industry, which industry experts expect to grow rapidly in the coming years.