New Delhi: Mahindra Group firm Mahindra EPC and PR Fonroche have joined hands for setting up two solar power plants of total capacity 20 MW at Bikaner in Rajasthan.
"PR Fonroche, a joint-venture between PR Clean Energy (India) and Fonroche Energie (France), has collaborated with Mahindra EPC, a part of Mahindra Group, to commission two solar photo voltaic based power plants in Bikaner, Rajasthan," the two companies said in a joint statement.
One of the two projects was inaugurated on Wednesday in Bikaner on Wednesday.
These projects were awarded under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission’s Phase I Batch II scheme, the statement said adding that the first of the two projects - of 5 MWp (megawatt photovoltaic)- was commissioned in December 2012.
"It is the first major French investment in solar energy in India and is in line with our aim to develop high quality renewable generation assets in India through a range of innovative solar PV solutions," Thierry Carcel, CEO, Fonroche, said in the statement.
"We are pleased to have set up Fonroche’s first solar PV plants in India. We are keen to employ Fonroche’s valuable expertise in building unique solar PV solutions for industrial and private consumers in India, where solar holds huge potential," Pratap Raju, Joint Managing Director, PR Fonroche also said in the statement.
"As part of Mahindra Group’s rise philosophy and our commitment to meeting India’s growing energy security needs, we have forayed into the renewable and clean energy sector," Zhooben Bhiwandiwala, Executive Vice President, Member- Group Executive Board, Mahindra Group, said.
The two plants (5MWp and 15MWp) will supply more than 38 million units of clean and green energy. It is expected to displace nearly 30,000 MT of CO2 annually.
Mahindra EPC’s turnkey scope of work included the complete Design, Engineering, Procurement and Construction of the 20MWp solar power plant, including construction of a 2.7Km, 33 kV double circuit transmission line to export the generated power to a nearby grid substation, the statement said.
These projects have been executed in Rajasthan with the support of RREC (Rajasthan Renewable Energy Cooperation), the renewable energy nodal agency in Rajasthan. The plant has signed a PPA with NVVN (NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam), a subsidiary of NTPC.
First Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 19:40