UP’s largest solar project commissioned in Kanpur
Commissioned at Bilhaur in Uttar Pradesh, the project combines Vikram Solar’s recently commissioned 140 MW project for NTPC at the same location. The resulting 225 MW cumulative capacity project becomes the largest solar project at a single location in the northern state. The first part capacity of 70 MW of the photo voltaic (PV) project was commissioned in March 28. The 85 MW solar project is spread across 400 acres and uses about 350,000 solar modules manufactured by Vikram Solar and includes a 33/132 kV switchyard. The expected energy yield of this project in Uttar Pradesh is 200 million units (MU). The plant is projected to reduce 4.57 tonnes of CO2 emissions and power over 80,000 homes per year. Speaking on the occasion, Saibaba Vutukuri, CEO, Vikram Solar, said, “NTPC is one of our oldest clients and we have been partnering in several of their solar projects. We are proud to say that we have a portfolio of commissioned and under-construction projects totalling nearly 708 MW with NTPC, as it identifies our commitment and focus towards customer centricity. We are hopeful of a continued journey with NTPC towards realising the company’s green energy goals.” The company has a proven capacity to handle utility scale projects 225 MW (140+85 MW) for NTPC at Bilhaur, 200 MW for Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corp. (APGenco), 130 MW for NTPC at Bhadla, 80 MW for Gujarat Industries Power Co. Ltd (GIPCL) and 50 MW for NTPC at Mandsaur. The company has also been involved in the execution of innovative projects like installing the country’s first floating solar plant in West Bengal, and airport installations in Kolkata, Kozhikode, Dibrugarh, Kochi, Gaya and Gondia. Vikram Solar’s annual PV module production capacity stands at 1.2 GW, with the company having shipped over 3.1 GW PV modules globally. It is categorised as a Tier-1 PV module manufacturer by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (NEF).