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US thin film to develop 50MW of solar energy projects in India

First Solar in agreement with Indian energy firms to supply PV for one of BRIC country’s largest PV installations

The 50MW PV plants will provide a significant boost to solar energy in India

US photovoltaic panels are being used to develop 50MW of solar energy projects in India. Arizona firm First Solar has completed an agreement with Indian companies Kiran Energy Solar Power and Mahindra Solar One to supply its advanced, thin-film solar modules for two solar photovoltaic power plants totaling 50MW in India's Rajasthan state.

The two adjacent projects, which together will be one of India's largest PV installations upon completion, are part of the second batch of utility-scale solar projects concluded under India's Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (NSM). The NSM aims to install 20,000MW of new solar electricity generating capacity by 2022.

First Solar will supply more than 585,000 of its advanced, thin-film solar modules for the two projects of 30MW and 20MW. Construction on both projects is expected to begin this year and be completed in the first quarter of 2013.

Together, the side-by-side projects are expected to produce an average of more than 85,000Mwh of clean electricity per year, equivalent to the annual electricity needs of more than 97,000 average Indian households, and displace more than 80,000 metric tonnes of CO2 per year based on the national averages.

"This is a very exciting project for us," said Pramoda Karkal, chief operating officer of Kiran Energy, "Especially so because Kiran Energy, as well as our joint venture, Mahindra Solar One, will own the largest solar power plant aggregation in a single location in India.

“We are also very happy about our partnership with First Solar, which is providing its world-class PV technology. This will enable us to create a high-quality solar plant that could rank among the best in the country in terms of quality, uptime and output," he said.