Indian renewable energy project developer Azure Power has been awarded two contracts to develop a combined 132 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the country. The capacity includes both grid-connected and rooftop solar PV projects.
The larger of the two contracts calls for the development of a 100 MW grid-connected solar PV project at the Pavagada Solar Park in Karnataka’s Tumkur district. Azure Power won the right to develop the project by quoting a tariff of ₹2.93 (~$0.045)/kWh. The project is part of a larger 550 MW auction that Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL) held for the solar park.
Azure Power also won a smaller contract to develop 32 MW of rooftop solar PV projects for the Indian Railways at offices, buildings, and railway stations. The company will supply the power to the Indian Railways for 25 years at a weighted average tariff of ₹4.74 (~$0.072)/kWh. The capacity was tendered by Railway Energy Management Company Limited (REMCL) in November 2017.
The project is the latest in a handful of large rooftop solar PV tenders that Azure Power has won from the Indian Railways. In October 2017, the Indian Railways awarded Azure Power 20 MW of rooftop solar contracts and, in March 2017, the company won bids to develop another 46 MW of rooftop solar for railway company.
With the award of the latest 32 MW contract, Azure Power is now poised to become the single largest supplier of solar power to the Indian Railways.
Mercom previously reported that Azure Power declared a revenue of ₹5,441.6 million (~$85.3 million) for the third quarter of 2017-18, ending December 31, 2017.
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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.