IFC concludes first rooftop solar project, to replicate five more in India

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is supporting the Indian state of Gujarat to replicate in five cities a rooftop solar project first completed in Gandhinagar, improving access to power and reducing air pollution from the burning of wood and fossil fuels.

The two pilot projects of 2.5 megawatt each demonstrated the viability of generating solar power through a grid-interactive system on rooftops, and will serve as a model for roll-out across the cities of Bhavnagar, Mehsana, Rajkot, Surat and Vadodara. IFC is also developing a policy framework for the replication of rooftop solar concept in Gujarat based on the experience gained in Gandhinagar.

This program is the first of its kind in India and aims to be a benchmark for green energy generation at the household level. The two pilot projects will produce approximately nine million units of clean energy and help to avoid 6,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year. The project will also help to mobilize private sector investment of approximately $12-14 million.

Lanco Solar completes 56MW Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant to the grid in Gujarat

Lanco Solar has completed a total of 56MW Grid connected Solar Photovoltaic Power Plants in Gujarat. This includes three plants of 35 MW owned by Lanco Infratech Ltd and additional 21 MW built as turnkey EPC for other developers the Gujarat Power Corporation Ltd (5MW), GSPC Pipavav Power Company Ltd (5MW), GHI Energy Pvt Ltd (10 MW) and Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Ltd (1MW). These Power Plants will generate upto 90 million units of green electricity annually resulting in reduction of CO2 emissions by 85757 tonnes annually

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) update

On April 27th, 2012 India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) provided an update to the nation’s parliament on the status of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM).

The report found 1.15 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) projects in various sub-programs and stages of completion including 229 MW of commissioned PV.

Three days later, on April 30th, 2012 the MNRE issued an estimate that 940 MW of PV and CSP has been added to India’s grid, as part of 14.7 GW of overall renewable energy capacity added in the previous three years.