Eden Renewables India, an equally owned joint venture between international giants EDF Renewables and Total Eren has bagged three solar projects, totaling 1350 megawatt peak (MWp) in Rajasthan between April and July 2020.
According to a press statement, these projects include two 450 MWp solar photo voltaic (PV) projects snagged during the last tenders awarded by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) and one 450 MWp solar PV project from National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC).
The latter project is 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) signed with NHPC end August 2020. Constructions of the current projects is due to start during the first semester of 2021 and commissioning is expected towards the beginning of 2022.
New Delhi-based, Eden Renewables India has been steadily increasing its footprint in the solar energy landscape in India. It has been developing, building, and operating solar projects of the two partners since 2016.
In 2019, Eden Renewables had signed four 25-year long term PPA, for four solar power projects totaling 716 MWp of installed capacities in northern India. The construction of those projects is due for commissioning by end of 2020.
As of now, the company has 207 MWp operating solar plants, 450 MWp under construction, and over 1,600 MWp under development and due for commissioning by 2022.
Its total portfolio of capacities under development, under construction and operational totals more than 2,200 MWp spread over the states of Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
With production planned for more than 2,300 GWh per year, Eden Renewable’s solar PV plants are expected to generate enough energy to meet the annual electricity needs of nearly 2 million people in India.
Talking about the new milestone achieved despite the current COVID-19 situation, Fabienne Demol, Executive Vice President – Global Head of Business Development of Total Eren said, “I am excited to be working on these solar projects with our partner EDF Renewables. Together, we are determined to provide electricity which is both sustainable and low carbon, in line with the Indian Government’s objective to increase the part of renewables in India”.
Adding to it, Frédéric Belloy, Executive Vice President International Operations at EDF Renewables, said “It highlights the remarkable expertise and track record in solar power activities achieved by Eden Renewables India. These landmark projects fit perfectly with the EDF Group’s Cap 2030 strategy of doubling its renewable energy net capacity in operation from 28 GW to 50 GW between 2015 and 2030 worldwide.”