BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited), the New Delhi-based state-owned engineering and manufacturing company, has reportedly secured two orders worth INR 800 crores for setting up solar energy capacity of 200 MW.
As per trusted sources, these orders have been procured from Delhi based NTPC and Gujarat State Electricity Corporation (GSECL).
Reportedly, BHEL has surpassed 1 GW of Solar Photovoltaic (SPV) level with the company winning two consecutive EPC (Engineering procurement and construction) plants with a capacity of 200 MW.
Apparently, the NTPC order requires BHEL to set up India’s largest floating SPV plant of 100 MW capacity which can be installed on city lakes, reservoirs of hydel power and drinking water, irrigation ponds at NTPC Ramagundam, Telangana.
Reportedly, the GSECL order requires setting up of a 100 MW ground mounted SPV plant at Raghanesda Ultra Mega Solar Park in Banaskantha district of Gujarat.
According to a statement by the company, the improvement in its manufacturing lines of solar modules and cell has additionally strengthened its presence in the solar power market. BHEL also offers EPC solutions for both grid interactive and off-grid SPV plants all over India including Lakshadweep islands.
For the record, BHEL has a dedicated Photovoltaic (PV) R&D center in Gurugram, Haryana at its Amorphous Silicon Solar Cell Plant. The center carries out extensive tests to manufacture high efficiency solar silicon cells. In terms of production, BHEL is the only enterprise in the country that holds the capability to produce the entire equipment for a SPV plant.
High efficiency mono and polycrystalline silicon PV modules including space grade battery and high efficiency cells are produced in the production facility at Bengaluru.
As per reliable sources, the commencement date of the project has not been declared so far.