First Solar connects 130MW of CdTe solar power to Indian Grid
CdTe solar technology firm First Solar has announced the successful commercial operation of 80 MWAC and 50 MWAC capacity in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana respectively by its Indian subsidiary First Solar Power India. These projects are part of the 260MWAC project portfolio wholly owned by First Solar in India.
"After achieving a recent milestone of 1GW of PV solar capacity footprint in India, we are delighted to add 130 MWAC of utility-scale solar power to the grid, growing our portfolio of operational solar assets to a cumulative capacity of 150 MWAC. With the commissioning of these plants we have once again demonstrated our strong execution capabilities, and with First Solar's module performance and reliability, the plants will provide the best possible return on investment," said Sujoy Ghosh, First Solar's country head for India.
The 130 MWAC plants collectively will produce enough energy to power approximately 227,500 average homes in India, and will displace over 204,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.
The project will be powered by more than 1.4 million First Solar CdTe module. The modules have been independently tested to pass accelerated life and stress tests beyond industry standards. With both a superior temperature coefficient and superior spectral response, they have been independently certified for reliable performance in high temperature, high humidity, extreme desert, and coastal environments, according to the company.
The electricity from the projects will be purchased by the Southern Power Distribution Company of Andhra Pradesh and The Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company Limited under 25 year power purchase agreements.