Ciel et Terre from France is expanding its presence in India with a local subsidiary and a local manufacturing unit, according to Mercom India Research. Pictured here is the 13.7 MW floating solar PV plant on Yamakura Dam Reservoir near Tokyo that was developed by Ciel et Terre. (Photo Credit: Ciel et Terre)
- Ciel et Terre has reportedly established a 50 MW floating solar PV manufacturing unit in India
- It has signed up with a local blow moulder in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad to establish local factory
- A local office has been set up in Bengaluru, Karnataka for its Indian subsidiary, Ciel et Terre India
French floating solar power solution provider Ciel et Terre has launched a manufacturing facility in India. The 50 MW manufacturing unit will be stationed in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. According to Mercom India Research, the French company has partnered with a local blow moulder for this unit.
It has also launched a new subsidiary, Ciel et Terre India, whose office is in Bengaluru, Karnataka. Through this subsidiary, the French company will offer its latest Hydrelio solution in the Indian sub-continent. Mercom says India based International Coil Limited (ICL) has bagged the contract for EPC services for this project.
The first project for the new manufacturing unit will be a 5 MW floating PV system for a raw water pond at the Sagardighi Thermal Power Project in Murshidabad, West Bengal. A tender for this project was launched by West Bengal Power Development Corporation Limited (WBPDCL) in February 2018 (see 5 MW Floating PV Tender For Indian Thermal Plant).
For the Indian market, Ciel et Terre is focused on two segments, namely businesses in steel and thermal power industries that own huge water bodies and reservoirs. For these companies to have floating solar power plants for captive consumption makes sense. Another segment it is eyeing is the utility scale tenders by electricity distribution companies.
The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) had tendered 100 MW floating solar PV capacity to be developed on Rihand Dam in Uttar Pradesh, in March 2018 (see 100 MW Floating PV Tender In India). Later the capacity was increased to 150 MW. Ciel et Terre India says it is in discussion with SECI to develop 150 MW on this dam.
In December 2017, SECI had also issued a EoI to develop 10 GW floating solar power projects over the next three years across India (see 10 GW Floating PV Projects Tender In India).
During French President Emmanuel Macron’s March 2018 state visit to India, several agreements were signed between the two nations. Under one such agreement, Ciel et Terre will construct a 28 MW floating solar power plant in Tamil Nadu (see India’s Topaz Progress On Bifacial Module Fab).