Fotowatio Renewable Wins First Solar Power Project In India

The Indian solar power market continues to attracts new foreign developers despite the recent concerns over the fate of solar power project pipeline of SunEdison.

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures has secured its first win in India. The company secured rights to develop 100 MW solar power project in Andhra Pradesh. The project shall be part of a larger solar power park in the state.

The project was allocated through a competitive auction where the tariff was fixed but bidders had to indicate the lowest capital cost support they would need from the government.

Fotowatio will set up the 100 MW with a capital support of Rs 44.5 lakhs (US$67,000) per MW at a fixed tariff of Rs 4.43/kWh. The capital cost support desired by the company is less than 9% of the total capital cost determined by the Indian regulatory body for solar PV projects for the current financial year.

Other major winners of the tender were Acme Solar (150 MW), Tata Power Renewable Energy (100 MW) and Azure Power (50 MW). These developers will receive capital cost support of between Rs 55 lakhs (US$82,800) to Rs 74.5 lakhs (US$112,200) per MW against the estimated capital cost of around US$790,000 per MW.

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures was in the news recently for being part of a consortium that place the world’s lowest-ever solar power bid. The consortium had placed bid of US2.99/kWh for the third phase 800 MW capacity of the Dubai solar power park. This tariff is less than half the tariff Fotowatio will receive in the Andhra Pradesh project.

Fotowatio was acquired by Saudi Arabia-based Abdul Latif Jameel Group in April 2015.

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