Access to energy is a major challenge in India, where millions of people currently struggle to access reliable and continuous energy sources. In this country of 1.3 billion residents and where fossil fuels are still largely dominant, the challenge of the energy transition takes on an entirely different dimension.
In 2020, ENGIE launched its largest solar photovoltaic farm in the world. It is located in Kadapa, in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Who is the customer? NTPC Limited, India’s leading distributor of electricity and gas. This project is part of the National Solar Mission – phase II, a programme launched in 2010 by the Government of India in order to accelerate the production of solar energy and to reach 100 GW of solar capacity by 2022. The plant produces 250 MWac* of solar energy annually, which, in turn, powers 400,000 households with green energy. It contributes to the decarbonisation of India’s energy mix, and supports the government’s goal to develop 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022. This project has been awarded ‘Best Large-Scale Solar Project’ by MERCOM2 India and was also given recognition for its “Excellence in Energy Management” by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)3. By supplying the local population with clean energy, ENGIE is accelerating the country’s energy transition all while improving energy access conditions.
2. Mercom Communications India is a subsidiary of U.S.-based Mercom Capital Group, a clean energy consulting and communications firm recognized worldwide for its expertise in renewable energy.
3. The Confederation of Indian Industry works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the development of India, partnering industry, Government, and civil society, through advisory and consultative processes.
In India, ENGIE has 781 MW of renewable installed capacities as well as 306 MW under construction!
- 1 million solar panels
- Over 2,750 string inverters*
- 250 MWac* of installed capacity of renewable energy
- 400,000 households supplied with green energy
* MWac stands for Mega-Watt, Alternating Current. It is a measure of the power output from a solar installation after it has been converted to AC, via string inverter in this instance.