Azure Power, an independent solar power producer, is all set to develop a total of 11.35 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) projects for various schools across the country.
A total of 152 schools spread across six Indian states will be benefited by the deployment of rooftop solar PV projects. These states are: Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, and Kerala.
According to a statement released by Azure Power, this is the largest allocation for this auction, comprising 60 percent of the total. Azure Power will sign the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, an autonomous body under the union government’s Ministry of Human Resource Development, at a weighted average levelized tariff of ₹4.97 (~$0.078)/kWh.
Commenting on the development, Inderpreet Wadhwa, the founder of Azure Power said, “Our long history of superior solar power operations across various rooftop customer segments have helped us win this project. In 2013, we built India’s first MW scale rooftop project in Gandhinagar under the Smart City initiative, while recently, we have worked on electrifying various educational institutes and government of India facilities pan India.”
In October 2017, Azure Power won a bid to develop 1.3 MW of rooftop solar for the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. In March 2017, the company had won bids to develop 46 MW of rooftop solar for the Indian Railways.
In September 2017, Mercom reported that the India SME Technology Services Limited (ISTSL) tendered 18.78 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar on behalf of Jawahar Navoday Vidyalaya (JNV).
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Saumy is a senior staff reporter with MercomIndia.com covering business and energy news since 2016. Prior to Mercom, Saumy was a copy editor at Thomson Reuters. Saumy earned his Bachelors Degree in Journalism & Mass Communication from the Manipal Institute of Communication at Manipal University. More articles from Saumy Prateek.