ENGIE Commissions 200 MW Raghanesda Solar Project

Aug 18, 2021 10:09 AM ET
  • ENGIE's second-largest solar PV project in India has been completed according to the schedule, regardless of numerous challenges during the pandemic.
  • ENGIE's portfolio created in India now stands at 17 projects with over 1.1 GWp of solar PV and 280 MW of wind power.

ENGIE has actually revealed the appointing of a 200 MWAC (290 MWp) Solar Power Project at the Raghanesda Solar Power Park, in Raghanesda, Gujarat. ENGIE teamed up with numerous Government of Gujarat entities to build the project that will generate close to 546 gigawatt-hours of electrical energy.

The project was won under a tender procedure run by GUVNL and the Power Acquisition Agreement for 25 years was signed in August 2019 with GUVNL (Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited), and the Implementation Support Agreement was checked in October 2019 with GPCL (Gujarat Power Corporation Limited). Debt for the project has actually been safeguarded under a long-lasting project financing setup with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Societe Generale. The project has been executed through Electro Solaire Private Limited (ESPL), an unique objective car possessed by the ENGIE Team.

Modules were sourced from Jinko and Longi and String while inverters were obtained from Huawei. Sterling & Wilson was the Balance of Plant contractor and will additionally be the O&M service provider for this project for a period of 5 years.

The project was completed in 14 months, sticking to the atmosphere requirement of ADB Safeguard Principle and Equator Principle, with 1.5 million+ safe man-hours by over 800 skilled and inexperienced manpower establishing the plant, which is spread out throughout 380 hectares inside the Raghanesda Solar Park that has been developed by a Gujarat state entity-- GPCL.

Despite the challenges of implementing a project throughout a worldwide pandemic, an extremely high-water table producing a tough layout and implementation issue for the module installing structures, and the project being situated in a seismic area, the team of specialists guaranteed the completion of the project according to the routine.

Mentioning the project, Neerav Nanavaty, Country Manager, ENGIE India, claimed, "After conquering several difficulties at the website, the group is delighted to introduce the commissioning of this marquee project that makes certain to enhance the vibrant Indian solar sector and contribute in the direction of decarbonizing India's power mix. We would like to thank all the general public and economic sector stakeholders and the local neighborhoods for their support and teamwork in assisting us achieve this vital turning point in our eco-friendly development trip in India."

Suresh Bhaskar, Handling Director Renewables-- Middle East, Egypt & India, ENGIE Asia Middle East and Africa, stated, "ENGIE is totally dedicated to play an active function to support India in accomplishing its ambitious tidy energy goals for 2030. Successful business operation of this project is a testimony to ENGIE's ongoing interest to seek renewable opportunities in India and further expand its eco-friendly portfolio of more than 1 GW mounted capacity in the country."

With this project, ENGIE's portfolio created in India currently stands at 17 projects with over 1.1 GWp of solar PV and 280 MW of wind power. This landmark states ENGIE's ambition to be a significant renewable resource carrier, as India ends up being a swiftly expanding market in the transition to clean energy.

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