A part of India’s largest solar power park is now operational in the state of Tamil Nadu. ABB India has announced that it has commissioned 5 substations to connect the 648 MW solar power park to the national grid. The park is being developed by the Adani Group. Of the total 648 MW capacity, 360 MW has now been connected to the grid, reported Clean Techies.
With this partial commissioning, the park has become the largest solar power park in India. India’s first solar power park, which includes smaller projects from various project developers, is located in the Charanka district in the state of Gujarat. The capacity of the Charanka power plant currently stands at 345 MW.
The Kamuthi solar power park in Tamil Nadu will be spread across 5 different solar power projects. Power generated from the park will be sold to the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation through a long-term power purchase agreement with a duration of 25 years. The Adani Group had signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Tamil Nadu in order to set up the solar power park in 2015.
The power is expected to be sold at Rs 7.01/kWh (US¢10.0/kWh) which represents a huge premium to the tariffs discovered in the recently concluded solar power auctions. Bids by Indian project developers have stabilised at around Rs 4.70/kWh (US$7.00/kWh).
The Adani Group has announced plans to set up large solar power projects. The company entered into an agreement with the state government of Rajasthan to set up a 10 GW solar power park. The entire capacity is expected to be based on photovoltaic technology. Adani Green Energy also confirmed its interest in acquiring SunEdison India’s projects.