Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE) has received an order for a hybrid wind-solar project in India, which will see a 28.8-MW solar array added to an existing 50-MW wind farm.
This is India's first large commercial hybrid wind-solar project and also the first project of its kind for Siemens Gamesa, the company said today.
The wind turbine maker, formed by the merger between Gamesa and Siemens Wind Power in April, has secured the turnkey contract from "one of the country's leading independent operators," under which it will be responsible for the design, engineering and commissioning of the new solar farm and its hybridisation with the existing wind farm, which uses Siemens Gamesa turbines. The deal includes the supply of photovoltaic (PV) inverters made by Gamesa Electric.
The project is in the state of Karnataka and is expected to be operational by the end of 2017.
"We are truly proud to be rolling out this new hybrid solution - namely the optimal combination of solar and wind power technology - on a commercial scale," Ramesh Kymal, chief executive of Siemens Gamesa's onshore business in India, said, adding that there is growing customer interest in this type of integrated renewable system.
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