Indian Firm Plans 70 MW Open Access Solar Project

Distributed Solar Power Company SunSource Energy To Develop 70 MW Open Access Solar Power Project In India’s Uttar Pradesh Catering To Commercial & Industrial Power Users
05:57 PM (Beijing Time) - 10. March 2019
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The 70 MW SunSource open access solar project in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur district was approved by the state administration under the Captive and Renewable Energy Generating Plants (CRE) Regulation 2014 of the Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC). Pictured is the Kanpur Memorial Church in Kanpur. (Photo Credit: Kanpur District Administration)

Key Takeaways

  • SunSource Energy has said it will set up a 70 MW open access solar power project in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh
  • Commercial and industrial customers can enter long-term power purchase agreements for power from this project
  • On completion, the company says it will be one of the largest open access solar power projects in the state

SunSource Energy will develop a 70 MW open access (OA) project in Uttar Pradesh. The distributed solar power project developer and operator for commercial and industrial (C&I) segment, says on completion, this will be one of the largest open access solar power projects in the state, offsetting more than 85,000 tons of carbon emissions annually. However, it wouldn’t say when the project is expected to come online.

Power generated by this project will be up for grabs by the C&I companies in the state through long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) helping them to bring down their energy expenditures.

SunSource secured development rights for this project under the Captive and Renewable Energy Generating Plants (CRE) Regulation 2014 of the Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC).

With open access solar projects, end users get to procure clean energy at competitive rates, which helps them depend less on the traditional utility model of power sourcing. At the end of March 2018, India’s open access solar power installed capacity was 2,894 MW, with Karnataka leading the pack. Market intelligence firm Bridge to India’s August 2018 India Solar Open Access Market 2018 report said this category of solar power made up 12% of total solar power capacity of India till March 2018 (see India’s Open Access Solar Capacity Reaches 2.89 GW).

Anu Bhambhani

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