SunEdison, Thermax, Azure win mandate for rooftop solar projects in four cities
Three companies — SunEdison, Thermax and Azure — have been named successful bidders for putting up rooftop solar power projects in four cities — Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Gurgaon — in a tender floated by the government-owned Solar Energy Corporation of India .
Azure Power India Pvt Ltd will put up 0.5 MW in each of the four cities. Thermax will put up 1 MW each in Bangalore and Chennai, while SunEdison, through its subsidiary, SEI Green Technology Pvt Ltd, will put up 0.5 MW each in Bangalore, Chennai and Delhi.
In all, the three companies will put up 5.5 MW in the four cities.
The tender is a result of the government of India’s desire to foster rooftop projects. As a first step in the direction, it floated a tender through SECI for 10 MW of projects to be put up across six cities. Today, SECI announced the successful bidders for four cities.
Projects worth 5.5 MW may sound tiny, but rooftop solar projects are typically small, and are usually meant to provide energy to the building on whose roof they are put up. This piece of statistics illustrative: in 2012-13, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy sanctioned 15,870 off-grid solar rooftop projects of a total capacity of 13.25 MW.