New Delhi/Helsinki, 20 January 2015: Fortum, a leading Finnish utility, has today launched its 10MW solar PV plant in Madhya Pradesh. It is the first greenfield solar project commissioned under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) Phase II. The power plant will be operating based on a PPA signed by Fortum for 25 years with the Solar Energy Corporation of India. The ceremony was attended by Dr. Ashvini Kumar, Managing Director and Mr. Mridul Khare, Deputy Commissioner of New and Renewable Energy, Madhya Pradesh.
The 10MW solar power plant spreads over about 70 acres in Kapeli, Dist. Ujjain. Fortum has adopted a thin-film CdTe technology with more than 1,25,000 modules mounted on fixed tilt structures and 15 central invertors, which allows for better control of carbon footprint, water use and energy payback time. This solar plant is Fortum's second investment in the Indian solar sector. The 10 MW solar plant shall offset more than 18000 tonnes of CO2 emissions equivalent annually.
“Fortum is renowned across the globe for their expertise in sustainable energy. We have started to witness a similar replication in India, with their commitment towards promoting solar energy. This is evident through their fast-track project implementation model and it is our pleasure to congratulate them for the completion of the first project under JNNSM Phase II,” said Dr. Ashvini Kumar, Managing Director, Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).
“We applaud Fortum choosing state for its solar plant under National Solar Mission and went on to successfully commission it 4 months before schedule. We are proud to say that this plant has become the first plant to be commissioned under this phase of NSM. I believe, the state's overwhelming support has made it leading contributor to India’s solar mission and would play a significant role in the era of solar energy revolution in the country. We wish Fortum all the success for their forthcoming endeavors..” Said Mridul Khare, Deputy Commissioner of New and Renewable Energy, Madhya Pradesh.
“Fortum believes in responsible energy production focusing on low emissions, high resource efficiency and security of supply. To deliver on our promise we focus more and more on renewable energy sources available locally and that is why we decided to focus on solar energy in India. In my view, such an approach can help India transform its energy sector and Fortum has already shown interest in contributing towards this transformation” said Mr. Markus Rauramo, Executive Vice President, Fortum while inaugurating the solar power plant in India.
“We have always been committed towards sustainable energy, which we believe will bridge the demand-supply gap in the nation’s energy landscape. We commend MNRE & SECI and authorities of Madhya Pradesh, and other officials involved in the administrative procedures, for quick turnaround on regulatory approvals and grid connection process as well as for their guidance and support. We take pride as we are the first amongst all the project to be commissioned, under JNNSM Phase II.” said Mr. Sanjay Aggarwal, Managing Director, Fortum India.
With the 10 MW solar PV plant in Madhya Pradesh Fortum's solar portfolio has increased to 15 MW. The company's ambition is to build a platform for future growth with solar technology offering a clearly interesting opportunity for sustainable and CO2-free energy production.