India Solar Project Advances

Joanna Schroeder

CNPV Solar Power SA and Cheenu Group of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India have announced the advancement of the first large scale captive consumption Solar utility project in India as part of their 10MWp strategic agreement.

Screen Shot 2013-06-23 at 7.49.03 PMCheenu Group began the project due to ability to expand its business because of lack of available power and rising electricity acquisition costs. The company first established a 2 megawatt solar power plant using CNPV’s Optimal Premium Series Solar PV modules at their Coimbatore facility to supplement the power shortage concerns.

Mr. Prabhu Devarajan, chief executive of Cheenu Group said, “In the event that the local infrastructure cannot support our power needs, the effects to our business can be catastrophic. We also wanted to be the forerunner in fulfilling the Solar Power Obligation imposed by the state electricity utility and therefore decided to set up our own captive consumption solar power plant.”

“Our module selection was focused on quality and performance, and after compiling and comparing the technical features of several manufacturers concluded that CNPV are able to demonstrate the most significant benefits in terms of high quality, energy yield, and long term performance,” continued Devarajan. “We are extremely happy with the technical guidance and support extended by CNPV in the smooth execution of the module supply and look forward to developing the next tranche of the 10MWp with CNPV, during second half of 2013.”

There are additional expansion plans for the provision of EPC services and solar module distribution for off grid use in Southern India.

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