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Indian company to build solar plant with PV panels from Norwegian multinational

REC will provide 25,000+ Peak Energy Series solar panels to Photon Energy Systems for a new plant in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh

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The new plant will be amongst the largest tracking systems to be set up in India

REC, a leading global provider of electricity solutions, will supply 25,720 Peak Energy Series solar panels aggregating to 6.5MWp, to power a ground-mounted tracking system in Andhra Pradesh, India.

The system will be built by the Indian PV system manufacturer, Photon Energy Systems Limited. According to Mr Gautham Nalamada, CEO of Photon, the modules should result in the plant generating one of the highest energy per Wp in India.

The tracking system is being constructed to provide power for India's most widely-circulated Telugu-language daily newspaper, Eenadu, owned by the Ramoji Group. The system is expected to produce 12.29GWh of electricity per year for the printing of Eenadu.

In spite of recently installed additional capacity, the BRIC country's state of Andhra Pradesh has been experiencing growing power deficit in the last years. Deficit increased from 3 per cent in 2011 to 16 per cent in January 2013, according to REC. Thousands of small and medium enterprises have already closed due to the power shortages.

"As a daily newspaper, we are dependent on a stable and reliable grid. To be more independent, we decided to invest in solar energy or more specifically, in captive solar consumption," said Mr G. Rajendra Babu, General Manager at Eenadu.

"With increasing electricity costs on the one hand and the intermittent energy supply on the other, we can save a lot of money by using the energy produced by the solar installation itself and at the same time fulfil our corporate environmental policy."

According to REC, Andhra Pradesh is a promising market for the company in 2014. This is due to the abundant solar irradiation level of more than 1,900 W per m2 and recently announced incentives and policies for the allocation of 1 GW of solar projects under the Andhra Pradesh Solar Policy 2012.

The construction of the system is scheduled to be completed by the end of this September.