The largest tracker-controlled solar farm in India has this week been commissioned by Adani Enterprises.
At 100 MW, the plant in Bhatinda in the state of Punjab is not only the largest of its kind in the region, but one of India’s biggest PV developments at a single site.
The plant was completed six months ahead of schedule and uses horizontal single axis tracker technology to harvest maximum yield from the sun’s rays. It covers 641 acres of land at Sardargarth & Chughe Kalan, and during construction Adani was employing more than 300 workers onsite.
Adani Group’s solar goals in India are ambitious, and the firm is looking to become a leading domestic manufacturer of solar modules.
According to India’s Economic Times (ET), modules and cells domestically produced by Adani Group this year will reach the market at around 10-12% higher cost than those currently being imported into the country.
"Manufacturing will definitely begin by December this year and the company will first install them at NTPC project in Andhra Pradesh," said Adani Group renewable energy business CEO Jayant Parimal in an interview with the ET.
Adani hopes to have its 1.2 GW solar manufacturing facility in Mundra up and running by December. This would propel the firm to the top table of domestic solar manufacturers. Recent data compiled by Mercom Capital Group found that the top module manufacturers in India are Waaree, Vikram Solar and Emmvee, each with operational capacity of around 500 MW.
Installed module manufacturing capacity in India is around 6.5 GW, with an average capacity utilization of 75%, Mercom Capital revealed. For solar cells that figure is 1.6 GW, with an average capacity utilization of 82%.