July 13 (Renewables Now) - The largest solar park in the world, the 1,000-MW Kurnool complex in India’s Andhra Pradesh state, will be commissioned and fully grid-synchronized today, according to the Andhra Pradesh Solar Power Corp (APSPCL).
The complex will be fully operational after the commissioning and hooking to the grid of the last 20 MW, developed by local conglomerate Adani. The group was awarded a 50-MW portion of the entire capacity, 30 MW of which was commissioned by its subsidiary Prayatna Developers at the end of June.
An Adani executive told consultancy firm Mercom Capital Group that there had been delay in securing land from APSPCL, but it was now ready ahead of its end-July deadline set by NTPC Ltd (BOM:532555).
The Kurnool solar park was installed in portions under an e-reverse tender. Now bankrupt US firm SunEdison (OTCMKTS:SUNEQ), whose wind and solar portfolio in India was bought by Greenko Energy Holdings, was awarded a contract for 500 MW, while SBG Cleantech won a bid for 350 MW. Indian group Azure Power Global Ltd (NYSE:AZRE) and Adani received contracts for 100 MW and 50 MW, respectively, under the domestic content requirement (DCR) mechanism.