- State-owned power plant equipment manufacturer BHEL received two orders of 80 MW capacity from Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited and Bharat Electronics Limited
- 65 MW will be located in Neyveli, Tamil Nadu,15 MW will come up in Medak, Telangana
- BHEL now has a total solar power EPC portfolio of 300 MW
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) will provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for 80 MW of solar PV power plants in Tamil Nadu and Telangana. The state-owned power plant equipment manufacturer, BHEL recived the order from fellow state run enterprises – lignite mining and power generating company Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited (NLC) and aerospace and defence company, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).
The cumulative order of 80 MW capacity is valued at 4.37 billion INR ($65.18 million). Out of the total capacity, 65 MW will come up in Neyveli in Tamil Nadu and the remaining 15 MW at Ordinance Factory premises in Medak of Telangana for BEL.
The company had earlier won EPC orders from the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) for a 50 MW solar PV power plant in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh under the so-called domestic content requirement category, which requires use of domestic products. The project has been commissioned. There is another 50 MW solar PV power plant in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh, which is currently being built. It has established solar power plants across India, including a rural electrification project on Lakshadweep Islands.
At its electronics division unit in Bengaluru, BHEL produces solar cells and modules. The company, which is one of the oldest PV manufacturers in India, also manufactures space-grade solar panels and space-grade battery panels at its electronic systems division in Bengaluru. It also has an R&D team at its amorphous silicon solar cell factory in Gurugram.
The Indian government is strongly encouraging its state-run enterprises to get into solar (see India Pushing Solar). NTPC and Indian power trader NVVN have the responsibility of setting up 15,000 MW of grid connected solar PV power projects under Batch II of Phase II of National Solar Mission (NSM). Other Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSUs) have been entrusted with setting up 1,000 MW of grid-connected solar PV power projects with viability gap funding (VGF) under Batch-V of Phase-II of JNNSM.
With the 80 MW in its kitty, BHEL now has a total of 300 MW large solar EPC portfolio.