Suzlon to make solar debut with 210MW in Telangana state

Wind and PV crept closer together today when Indian turbine group Suzlon unveiled its much-anticipated debut in the solar sector with 210MW of projects in the state of Telangana.

Suzlon will develop and provide EPC services for six projects after securing letters of intent from the state’s power utility TSSPDCL, which launched a competitive process for 2GW of capacity last year.

Suzlon – one of the pioneering companies in the Indian and global wind industries – first announced plans to enter the solar sector in late 2014.

It has since outlined significant ambitions in states such as Andhra Pradesh, where it signed a development pact envisaging up to 4GW of wind, solar and hybrid projects.

The company wants to grab a share of a booming Indian solar market that its government hopes will bloom to 100GW by 2022.

The Telangana projects – one of 100MW, one of 50MW and four of 15MW – are due for commissioning in the 2016/17 financial year.

The developer expects to sign 25-year power purchase agreements for the output from the solar arrays later this month, Suzlon said in a statement today.

The entry of another major wind player into the PV arena will be seen as further example of the creeping convergence between the two renewable technologies, a trend that is underway around the world.

One of Suzlon’s biggest rivals in the Indian wind market, Gamesa of Spain, made its own first foray into PV in the country last year.

Suzlon chairman Tulsi Tanti said: “Solar and wind are complementary, hence we will leverage our project execution capabilities and end-to-end solutions to deliver solar projects.

“With a strong backing of skilled workforce, excellent operations and maintenance service network, current infrastructure and 20 years of experience in building the wind business, I am confident that our maiden solar journey would be a success.”