Read about the ENGIE Group’s activities in India
India’s growth figures may be at record levels, but many parts of the population still lack access to energy. To help meet this vital challenge and to support the country in achieving sustainable development, ENGIE is investing in new sources of energy… in particular solar energy.
India: energy transition to help meet rising demand
India is currently recording annual growth of 7%, which is making its needs for energy resources all the greater. Although its energy consumption is still primarily based on fossil energies, initiatives are increasingly being developed to promote renewable energies, in line with the Indian government’s objective of speeding up the energy transition.
It is in this strategic sector of low-carbon energy production that ENGIE has decided to focus its businesses in the country, establishing itself as a partner of renewable energy development. Through its subsidiary Solairedirect, the Group is positioned as a leading player on the Indian solar energy market. In all, the Group operates installed solar capacity of 810 MWp (megawatts peak) and wind capacity of 80 MW.
Renewable energies: ENGIE projects in India
- The Mirzapur solar power plant (101 MWp) in the state of Uttar Pradesh, commissioned in March 2018. ENGIE signed a 25-year power purchase agreement with Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) in June 2016.
- The Kadapa power plant (338 MWp) in the state of Andhra Pradesh. ENGIE has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement with the National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC).
- The Bhadla solar power plant (190 MWp) in the state of Rajasthan, commissioned in June 2017. One distinctive feature of this plant is the use of a dry robotic mechanism for cleaning modules, a technique that helps guarantee long-term high performance.
- A 30 MW wind project in Gujarat, one of India’s windiest states. Construction of the wind farm’s 13 turbines began in March 2018, with commissioning expected in June 2019. ENGIE has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement with the Gujarat state distribution company, GUVNL.
- A 50 MW wind project in the state of Tamil Nadu, due to be commissioned before the end 2019.
The Group also launched the Terrawatt project on the occasion of COP 21 in 2015, at a ceremony attended by the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. The object of the initiative is to encourage the development of solar energy that is competitive across the world. This global non-profit association is calling for 1 terawatt (1,000 gigawatts) of additional solar power capacity by 2030.
Local charitable initiatives
Through the ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Énergies investment fund, the Group also supports community initiatives in India. The aim is to help local populations have sustainable access to clean energy.
In particular, ENGIE has invested in the social enterprise Simpa Networks, which provides individual photovoltaic panels for the poorest homes in the Delhi region.
The Group also supports the Green Village Ventures project, which seeks to provide access to energy through solar kits intended for rural populations in the states of Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.