300 MW INSTALLED IN THE 2ND LARGEST COUNTRY MAKE US NO. 1
It’s official. Canadian Solar is leading the charge in India’s massive drive to realize its renewable energy potential.
“We are proud to be the market leader in India, with over 300 MW of premium and high efficiency modules spread across the length and width of the country,” said Vinay Shetty, country manager of Canadian Solar India.
“Our modules are hard at work in the deserts of Gujarat and Rajasthan and in the coastal regions of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. This demonstrates our strong position as a Global Tier 1 solar PV module supplier with proven track record of delivering high quality modules to customers,” he said.
“We attribute our success to premium, award-winning products and a dedicated and experienced Indian team with a strong commitment to local partnerships,” he added.
The largest single project we have been involved in to date on the subcontinent involved the supply of 25 MW of CS6P-P modules to Charanka Solar plant in Gujarat state. It is India’s biggest solar park and also arguably the biggest in Asia. Although Canadian Solar was the major supplier to the project, its sheer size necessitated the supply of panels from over a dozen other manufacturers. Today Charanka houses over 216 MW and covers 3,000 acres. The solar park is expected to save around 8 million tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere annually.
Canadian Solar has also supplied modules to numerous other installations around the country. These include all panels for the 10 MW solar plant in Kolayat region in Rajasthan. And 2.1 MW to a solar power plant at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.
Canadian Solar's Chairman and CEO, Shawn Qu said that the company was pleased to be involved in India’s developing solar market. "We believe India has the potential to become one of the largest solar markets in the world and we expect it will make a meaningful contribution to the growth of our business," he commented.
This is backed by recent report from manufacturer and developer Tata Power Solar (which Canadian Solar has partnered on large-scale PV projects in the country). The report states that solar energy in India now has the potential to become a viable alternative to fossil fuels and estimates that up to 145 GW of solar – or 13% of India’s energy generation – can be deployed in the next ten years as solar becomes increasingly competitive with fossil fuels. In the nearer term, the government of India has published a draft plan that proposes the development of 20 GW in ‘ultra mega’ solar power plants over the next five years. These will comprise 25 individual parks, each between 500 MW and 1 GW in size. The future looks extremely bright for solar in India.
IN THE FUTURE, TUK-TUKS WILL FILL UP WITH SUNSHINE
Canadian Solar is always looking for new markets to innovate in. Because advances in solar technology keep opening up exciting new opportunities.
“We’re now producing solar panels so light and efficient that they could effectively be used to power solar tuk-tuk taxis in Asia and elsewhere,” said Insan Boy of Canadian Solar Singapore. “We’re currently looking at the market and there’s no doubt the opportunity is attractive,” he said.
The biggest operating cost tuk-tuk taxi drivers face is fuel. Little wonder that the prospect of vehicles powered entirely by free solar energy puts a smile on their faces. Cambodian tuk-tuk owner and driver, Boran Pang summed up the impact of solar-power on his business by saying: “Around a quarter of the 60 to 80 dollars I make every day is burned up by fuel costs. I will be first in line for a solar taxi.”
Meanwhile an innovative young clean-energy activist in India has decided not to wait for a production model solar tuk-tuk to become available. He has built his very own and intends to do a 10000km road-trip to raise awareness for solar energy’s role in sustainable living. Naveen Rabelli and friend, Raoul Kopacka, plan to drive the tuk-tuk from Bangalore, India, to London. “It will be quite challenging for both of us to fit in this tuk-tuk and to travel 10,000 kilometers, but I think that’s a whole part of the journey to understand the problems and make flexible solutions,” Rabelli said.