CleanTech/ Renewable Energy

PR Fonroche and Mahindra EPC realize first Indo-French solar power investments

PR Fonroche, a joint-venture between PR Clean Energy (India) and Fonroche Energie S.a.s (France), has collaborated with Mahindra EPC, to commission two solar photo voltaic based power plants (5 MWp and 15 MWp) at Gajner Village in Bikaner, Rajasthan.

These projects were awarded under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission’s Phase I Batch II scheme. This partnership marks the first Indo-French collaboration in the Indian Renewable Energy sector. The first of the two projects – of 5 MWp – was commissioned in December 2012. The remaining 15MWp is expected to be commissioned by January 15, 2013.

“Fonroche is pleased to continue its development in India through this project. It is the first major French investment in solar energy in India and is in line with our aim to develop high quality renewable generation assets in India through a range of innovative solar PV solutions such as ground-mounted farm, greenhouses,canopies and rooftops solutions,” said,
Thierry Carcel, CEO, Fonroche.

The 20MWp solar PV plant is equipped to supply more than 38 million units of clean and green energy. It is expected to displace nearly 30,000 MT of CO2 annually. The plant, which comprises more than 270,000 high output thin film technology Solar PV modules from First Solar, USA to generate
20MWp, is spread across an area of 180 acres.

“We are pleased to have set up Fonroche’s first solar PV plants in India. We’re keen to employ Fonroche’s valuable expertise in building unique solar PV solutions for industrial and private consumers in India, where solar holds huge potential. We aim to develop a minimum of 200MW projects through this partnership,and are buoyed by the success of this first project,” said Pratap Raju, Joint Managing Director, PR Fonroche.

Mahindra EPC’s turnkey scope of work included the complete Design, Engineering, Procurement and Construction of the 20MWp solar power plant, including construction of a 2.7Km, 33 kV double circuit transmission line to export the generated power to a nearby grid substation.

“In a short period of time, Mahindra Cleantech Ventures has become India’s leading solar energy solutions provider. We offer end to end integrated solutions across the on-grid and off-grid segments,” said Parag Shah, Managing Partner at Mahindra Partners and Head of Mahindra Cleantech Ventures.



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