Fortum in India
Fortum launched its operations in India in 2012.
Fortum's operations in India are focused on solar power. We continue to utilise our key competencies to develop, construct and operate solar power plants in India. In 2017 we agreed with NBCC on developing electric vehicle charging infrastructure across India. We have also some ongoing R&D projects in India.
Solar power in India
In June 2018 Fortum signed an agreement to sell a 54% share of its solar power company operating four solar power plants in India to UK Climate Investments (40%) and Elite Alfred Berg (14%). Elite Alfred Berg has the option to buy up to an additional 16% from Fortum. The total capacity of this portfolio is 185 MW.
Amrit is Fortum's first power plant in India. It was acquired in 2013. With a nominal peak capacity of 5 megawatt (MWac) and annual production at the level of approx. 9 gigawatt-hours, this plant was constructed as part of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission.
Kapeli is one of Fortum's first greenfield solar projects, done in 2014-2015. It has an annual yield of 20 GWh/a. The 10 MW solar plant offsets more than 18,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.
Bhadla solar power plant was commissioned in 2017. Its capacity is 70 MWac and annual yield 158 GHh/a.
Pavagada is our newest 100 MW Solar park in Tumkur District in Karnataka, India. It was connected to grid in December 2017. This solar plant is Fortum's fourth, and so far biggest solar energy project built.
In this partnership, Fortum will retain a significant minority ownership in the solar power company and continue to provide operation and maintenance services based on a long-term agreement.
Charge & Drive in India
Fortum Charge & Drive has currently in Delhi two electric vehicle chargers in pilot use. By the end of 2018 the target is to have over hundred chargers in India.
Responsible solar energy in India
Corporate responsibility was an important factor in selecting the supplier of Fortum’s Kapeli solar power plant. We require our partners to apply the same ethical business practices that we comply with in our own operations.
NGO cooperation in India
Thousands of migrant workers from diverse backgrounds around India were involved in the construction phase of our Pavagada solar plant. Parivartan, a grassroots-level NGO was brought in to help Fortum to draw synergy from the diversity of the workers and to ensure functionality between them.