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North India state signs 230MW solar deal with eight energy firms

Indian state Uttar Pradesh energy projects to include largest single solar plant unit in BRIC country to date

 solar power plant in Jalaun, India
Once complete, the 100MW solar power plant in Jalaun, India, will be the largest single solar plant unit in the BRIC country

Indian State Uttar Pradesh has signed a deal with eight energy companies to produce solar power totalling 230MW. 

According to The Economic Times of India, the New and Renewable Energy Development Authority has finalised pre-purchase agreements (PPA) with seven private power companies and one public firm, all based in the northern state. The private companies include: Jakson Power Solutions, Moser Bayer Clean Energy Ltd, Sree Developers, DK Infracon, Refex Energy, Azure Surya Ltd and Essel Infraprojects.

The private sector firms will together set up solar power plants totalling 130MW capacity, according to reports.

The Uttar Pradesh government has also signed a 100MW agreement with public company National Hydro Power Corporation. Based on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the public company is to set up an100MW solar plant in the state’s district Jalaun. Once completed, the plant will be the largest single solar plant unit in the BRIC country to date, according to reports.

As part of the PPA, the state’s government has agreed to purchase power for 12 years.

The agreements aim to fit with the Uttar Pradesh government’s 2013 solar initiative policy.

According to policy documentation, titled, Solar Power Policy Uttar Pradesh 2013, the main objectives include to promote the generation and use of clean and green power in the state by harnessing solar energy. The policy also aims to put in place an appropriate investment climate to attract possible investors and raise environmental awareness among the public.

The document states the “State of Uttar Pradesh is endowed with vast potential of solar power and the government is keen to tap this resource to improve the availability of power in the State.”