India offers unique opportunities as the fast-growing country has an exponential need for sustainable and clean energy. Solar energy is still an under-utilised energy source even though the country has access to sunlight for more than 300 days every year. States like Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh are aiming to become leading solar destinations due to their natural inclination to renewable energy sources.
Fortum's target is to increase its solar power production significantly. Today, the company has 15 MW solar capacity of in India. Its first 5 MW solar PV plant is in Bhilwara, Rajasthan. Fortum's second project, and its first greenfield solar plant, is a 10 MW Solar PV plant in Kapeli, Madhya Pradesh, and it was built under Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) – Phase II, Batch I. JNNSM is an initiative by the Government of India to boost the nation’s solar capabilities.
In January 2016 Fortum won auction for a 70 MW project at Bhadla solar park in Rajasthan and in April 2016 won an additional 100 MW at Pavagada solar park in Karnataka. The comissioning of the plants will take place during 2017.
In 2016 Fortum's solar power generation in India was about 30 GWh which reduced about 26,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Fortum has been recognised by the Central and State governments for its commitment and efforts towards the solar industry in India.