PROJECT | Staff Reporter, India

Azure Power seals 200MW solar project in Gujarat

It will ink a 25-year PPA at a tariff of US$ 0.05 per kWh.

Azure Power announced that it has won a 200 MW solar project in Gujarat. With this win, the Company now has a total portfolio of ~470 MWs in Gujarat with Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL), making Azure Power the largest solar power supplier to the state. GUVNL has been rated AA- by ICRA, a Moody’s company, which is one of the highest rated state counterparties in India.

Azure Power will sign a 25 year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with GUVNL, at a tariff of INR 3.06 (~US$ 0.05) per kWh, which is 25% higher than the lowest tariff of INR 2.44 (~US$ 0.04) in the Indian solar market. The project will be developed by Azure Power outside a solar park and is expected to be commissioned in 2019. Azure Power has a long history of developing and operating solar power plants under the Gujarat Solar Policy 2009. Some of the first solar projects in India were built in Gujarat, given several advantages the state has including high levels of solar radiation, an extensive and stable electric grid network, and the strong credit quality of its DISCOMs. Azure Power developed and is operating India’s first MW-scale distributed solar rooftop project in Gujarat’s state capital city, Gandhinagar. In 2013, World Bank recognized this project as one of the Top 10 public-private partnerships in the Asia Pacific region.

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