Azure Power (NYSE: AZRE), a leading independent solar power producer in India, has announced that it has started the construction of its 100-megawatt (MW) solar power plant in Andhra Pradesh. The Company has secured land and financing for this project.
The project was auctioned by NTPC, Government of India’s largest power utility, designated under National Solar Mission for a total capacity of 1000 MW of solar power projects at Kurnool Ultra Mega Solar Park.
The solar park is being developed by Solar Park Implementation Agency (SPIA), Andhra Pradesh Solar Power Corporation Limited (APSPCL).
The tariff on the project will be INR 5.12/ kWh (US $0.077) and the company will supply power to NTPC for a duration of 25 years. The project is expected to get commissioned by second quarter 2017.
Speaking on this occasion, Inderpreet Wadhwa, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Azure Power said, “We have over 200MW portfolio with proven track record of operating solar power projects in Andhra Pradesh. With the commencement of the construction of this 100 MW project, we are delighted to make contribution towards realization of our Hon’ble Prime Minister’s commitment towards clean and green energy, through solar power generation. Our sincere gratitude to NTPC and the State of Andhra Pradesh, for all the cooperation and support extended.”
Azure has a portfolio of over 1000 MW with an excellent record in setting up and operating solar power plants, be it utility scale or commercial rooftop projects.
The company has a vast experience of delivering solar power projects, from the construction of India’s first private utility scale solar PV power plant in 2009 to the implementation of the first MW scale rooftop under the smart city initiative in 2013 to the largest solar plant (100 MW) under India’s National Solar Mission (NSM) policy in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.