ENGIE Commissions 200 MW Solar Power Plant in Gujarat

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The project was completed in 14 months and is spread across 380 hectares inside the Raghanesda Solar Park that has been developed by a Gujarat state entity – GPCL

ENGIE has announced the commissioning of a 200 megawatt (290 MWp) solar power project at the Raghanesda Solar Power Park, in Raghanesda, Gujarat.

The company said in a statement that it collaborated with multiple Government of Gujarat entities to construct the project that will generate close to 546 gigawatt-hours of electricity, while reducing 387,056 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

The project was completed in 14 months and is spread across 380 hectares inside the Raghanesda Solar Park that has been developed by a Gujarat state entity – GPCL.

The project was won under a tender process run by GUVNL (Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited). The company further said that debt for the project had been secured under a long-term project financing arrangement with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Societe Generale.

The project has been implemented through Electro Solaire Private Limited (ESPL), a special purpose vehicle owned by the ENGIE Group, it added.

Modules were sourced from Jinko and Longi and String while inverters were procured from Huawei. Sterling & Wilson was the Balance of Plant contractor and will also be the O&M provider for this project for a period of five years.

Speaking about the project, Neerav Nanavaty, Country Manager, ENGIE India, said, “After overcoming several challenges at the site, the team is excited to announce the commissioning of this marquee project that is sure to boost the dynamic Indian solar industry and contribute towards decarbonizing India’s energy mix. We would like to thank all the public and private sector stakeholders and the local communities for their support and cooperation in helping us achieve this critical milestone in our renewable growth journey in India.”

Suresh Bhaskar, Managing Director Renewables – Middle East, Egypt & India, ENGIE Asia Middle East and Africa, said, “ENGIE is fully committed to play an active role to support India in achieving its ambitious clean energy goals for 2030. Successful commercial operation of this project is a testament to ENGIE’s continued interest to pursue renewable opportunities in India and further grow its renewable portfolio of more than 1 GW installed capacity in the country.”

It added that with this project, its portfolio developed in India now stands at 17 projects with over 1.1 GW of solar and 280 MW of wind power.

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