Siemens Gamesa to build India’s first hybrid wind-solar farm

India’s first large-scale commercial wind-solar hybrid project has been approved for Siemens Gamesa, a German-Spanish joint venture operating in the clean energy space.

The project will involve the construction of a 28.8 MW solar facility connected to an already operational 50 MW wind farm, located in the Indian state of Karnataka. This is the company’s first attempt at this type of project, illustrating a mindset that has begun to explore business opportunities that have potential added value for their customers.

Ramesh Kymal, CEO of Siemens Gamesa’s onshore business in India, said: “We are truly proud to be rolling out this new hybrid solution on a commercial scale. With a market potential of around 15 GW in India, our customers are increasingly interested in this type of integrated renewable system.”

The design, engineering and commissioning of the new solar plant, alongside the supply of PV inverters made by Gamesa Electric, will be handled by Siemens. The hybridization of the existing wind farm, which will be equipped with Siemens Gamesa turbines, will also be handled by the German company. Lo

The project is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2017.