Solar, Storage

Suniva Powers India’s First 1-MW Solar Project, Indian Government Approves 20-GW Program

Suniva Inc. announced the completion of its collaborative project with Titan Energy Systems Ltd. to create India’s first large-scale project in Jamuria, West Bengal. Suniva’s cells power the 1-megawatt (MW) solar electric power plant which is expected to expand by an additional 250 kilowatts early next year.

“High-efficiency solar technology presents significant advantages in terms of land use and balance of system costs, and Suniva is our key partner for delivering the high power and volumes needed to keep projects reliably moving forward,” said Sankar Chodagam, managing director of Titan Energy Systems Ltd.

The Indian government’s Cabinet recently approved its National Solar Mission, which targets the development of deploying at least 20 gigawatts (GW) of solar projects by 2020. The plan is expected to cost close to US $19 billion and could increase India’s profile during the Copenhagen talks next month.

The government will spend the money on different types of incentives for both the production and installation of solar systems. They also plan to support research and development in the field and offers other incentives to utilities. The plan will be divided into three phases, the first of which will include the installation of 1-1.5 GW by 2012.

Over the next five years, Titan plans to develop a series of large-scale projects and installations in Andhra Pradesh, India. Suniva fully supports and looks forward to continuing its collaboration with the fast-growing Indian market.

“As India pursues its significant goals for solar power, innovative solar cell technology will be just as crucial as new system designs and deployment strategies,” said John Baumstark, CEO of Suniva. “We maintain a close and open dialogue with Titan in order to provide them with the best possible technology solutions and look forward to partnering with them in the recently announced 1GW project in Andhra Pradesh. Our collaborative projects in India, the United States and throughout the world will help shape the future of renewable energy.”