India-based renewable energy project developer Welspun Renewables has signed a 550MW MoU with German technology firm iPLON to supply equipment for its impending solar power plant projects across India.
The signing took place today at Hannover Messe, an annual German engineering exhibition.
iPLON will assist Welspun’s large portfolio of projects by supplying, installing and commissioning its power plant automation systems, plant analysis tools, telemetry systems and central monitoring systems.
Victor Thamburaj chief executive of iPLON, told PV Tech that the projects include:
300MW in Tamil Nadu
100MW in Andhra Pradesh
100MW in Karanataka
50MW in Bihar
The agreement comes off the back of a working partnership between the two companies over the last two years, which resulted in 300MW of solar deployment last year, according to iPLON.
Thamburaj said: “There is a need for clean water and electricity in India, especially in Tamil Nadu. Innovation is needed in India. This can only come with SMEs.
"Through this venture we are making our first investment in India with our operations spreading across Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. We are effectively creating employment opportunities and skill sets in the domain of India's renewable energy.”
Vineet Mittal, vice chairman Welspun Renewables said: "We are taking concrete actions in solving India's energy-related issues – energy security and climate change. By steadily building the country's largest solar capacities we are proving that green energy is doable and can be made affordable through rapid expansion.
“Towards this goal we have chosen to partner with tier-one technology partners, as this helps us in achieving high-level quality benchmarks at our project site. Our partnership with iPLON will help us in delivering optimum plant performance day in day out."