Fortum in India

Fortum launched its operations in India in September 2012 establishing an office in Delhi. It has been focusing on building its solar portfolio ever since, making significant steps in the business. Fortum focuses in all its operations on sustainability, environment and society.

Solar panels in India that gives solar power and energy

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.

Fortum in IndiaAmrit 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.

R&D and Charge & Drive in India

Fortum has also some R&D activities in India. One example is a Solar2Go pilot project started in March 2018.

In 2017 Fortum signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NBCC for developing electric vehicle charging infrastructure across India. The agreement will cover all major activities in value chain from planning and designing to making investment and operating the charging infrastructure using cloud based system. As a first step, Fortum installed one 22 KW AC charger as a pilot in BCC premises in New Delhi, which shall be operated using Fortum’s cloud-based system. Starting with this pilot in New Delhi, Charge & Drive plan to roll out more than 150 charging stations over a period of 12-18 months.

Social responsibility

Social responsibility is important part of Fortum’s operations. In 2014, the company equipped three schools from Bhilwara providing schooling for over 1,200 students with solarpowered infrastructure to meet the schools’ power needs in an efficient and sustainable way. The initiative has bought relief to the students during summers when the temperature rises above 45 degrees Celsius and the region witnesses regular electricity failures. This has significantly increased students’ attendance level reaching 96% from a mere 50%.