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Mahindra EPC commissions solar power plants for auto component manufacturers in India

Indian firm Mahindra EPC Services commissions two solar power plants for consortium of auto components manufacturers in Tamil Nadu

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The Indian solar plants are the latest example of PV power being used in the automotive industry

Indian firm Mahindra EPC Services has commissioned two solar power plants for a consortium of auto components manufacturers in Tamil Nadu. The two solar power plants, based in the state’s capital city Chennai, include a 2.12MW plant for M M Forgings and a 1.06MW plant for Super Auto Forge.

Basant Jain, CEO of Mahindra EPC, said: “With the commissioning of our project in Tamil Nadu, we have reaffirmed our commitment to be a leading pan Indian EPC firm that is defined by on time, quality execution. We are excited by our entrance into Tamil Nadu, which we see as a vibrant solar market with significant potential, and we are committed to further expanding across the state.”

The news from EPC Services follows other companies helping to develop solar power plants for automotive manufacturers, which has involved the BRICs. This includes China’s JA Solar, which supplied 33,600 PV modules for Volkswagen’s 33-acre solar park in the US in January. In May 2012, US firm General Motors announced it is to build an engine plant set to house Brazil’s first solar energy system for the automotive industry.

The two solar power plants from EPC Services were commissioned in a record of 40 days, according to the companies.

Murali Shankar, joint managing director of Super Auto Forge, said: “In only forty days, Mahindra EPC fully commissioned the plant – and we have been pleased with its results.”

Mahindra EPC plans to invest INR 14,000m (USD 222m) to set up 200MW of solar power plants in India over the next two years.

French solar power investment

Earlier this year, Mahindra EPC collaborated with PR Fonroche, a joint venture between India’s PR Clean Energy and French firm Fonroche Energie to commission two solar power plants in Rajasthan. These projects were awarded under the Phase I Batch II scheme of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM).

Thierry Carcel, CEO of Fonroche, said, at the time of the project announcement: “Fonroche is pleased to continue its development in India through this project. It is the first major French investment in solar energy in India and is in line with our aim to develop high quality renewable generation assets in India through a range of innovative solar PV solutions such as ground-mounted farm, greenhouses, canopies and rooftops solutions.”