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Azure Power announced that it has signed Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for 600 MW ISTS connected solar power projects with Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), under its 4 GW manufacturing linked projects, which will supply power for 25 years at a fixed tariff of INR 2.54 (~US 3.4 cents) per kWh.
The projects will be constructed in Rajasthan, the highest solar insolation state in India, for which connectivity approval is in place and land is fully identified and is under acquisition. The commissioning timeline for the projects as per the agreement is Q3 FY 2024.
Speaking on this occasion, Ranjit Gupta, MD and CEO, Azure Power said, “Continuing on our communication regarding our progress with SECI on the 4 GW manufacturing linked projects, we are happy to announce the signing of our first PPAs for 600 MW capacity. This is a significant milestone, given the long wait. With things now falling into place, we are on our way to see our 4 GW pipeline turn into contracted capacity and help us realise significant value accretion for our stakeholders.”
“We understand SECI is progressing to tie up Power Sale Agreements for further capacity in the tender and we expect to sign PPAs when the corresponding PSAs are in place. We remain committed to our policy to only take on contracts that create shareholder value and earn returns above our cost of capital,” he added.
Earlier this month, Azure Power had received the letter of award for its first 150 MW ISTS connected wind–solar hybrid power project with SECI to supply power for 25 years at a fixed tariff of Rs. 2.35 per kWh.
The project is part of the 1,200 MW ISTS Hybrid Tranche – IV tender from SECI and will entail setting up of 100 MW of solar and 50 MW of wind capacity within a period of 18 months from the signing of Power Purchase Agreement.
Azure Power is a leading independent renewable power producer in India and had developed India’s first private utility scale solar project in 2009. Today Azure Power manages the entire development and operation process, providing low-cost renewable power solutions to customers throughout India.