India's first big ticket solar project goes online

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Moser Baer officially brought its 30 megawatt (MW) thin film solar power plant online to Gujarat recently. Amongst much brouhaha about aggressive bidding, lack of bank financing and the feasibility of solar power in India, the move should silence the sceptics, at least in the short term.

The inauguration of the project was carried out by the state’s Chief Minister Narender Modi among much fanfare. The solar farm, developed by Moser Baer Clean Energy, an arm of parent company Moser Baer, is first project in the country of this scale. 2,36,000 thin film modules were used in the system, which saw a total investment of €68 million (INR 4.65 billion).

Spread over an area of 305 acres at Gunthawad village in Banaskantha district, the project is expected to generate 52 million kilowatt hours of energy annually–enough power to provide electricity to nearly 50,000 homes.

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