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Fortum launches solar power production in India by acquiring a 5-MW photo-voltaic solar power plant
Fortum has acquired a solar power plant in the state of Rajasthan,
north-western India. The company's short term ambition is to build a small
photo-voltaic (PV) solar portfolio in order to gain experiences in different
solar technologies and operating in the Indian power market.
"Solar power fits well with Fortum's other CO2-free production and we believe
it will play an important role in tomorrow's low carbon energy system," says
Matti Kaarnakari, Managing Director, Fortum India Pvt. Ltd. "Solar power is a
strong growth segment that will account for an increasing part of power
generation in the future. Fast technological development is boosting
competitiveness and on best markets, wholesale parity can be expected already
within a few years' time."
The power plant's nominal peak capacity is 5.4 megawatts and its annual
production is approximately 9 gigawatt-hours. The power plant was constructed
as part of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), the Indian
government's initiative for 22 gigawatts of installed solar power generation
capacity by year 2022, and it has been fully operational for one year. The
plant will receive a higher, guaranteed electricity price for 25 years. The
period and the prices for power generation under the government's power
purchase agreement (PPA) are defined to ensure a sufficient return on
"India is one of the most interesting countries for solar power development.
Apart from the naturally favourable geographic location, India has ambitious
plans for solar power on both national and state levels," Mr Matti Kaarnakari
In the short term, Fortum is looking to invest some tens of millions of euros -
including this acquisition - in developing its PV solar competence and
operations in India.
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