Swiss automation giant ABB has commissioned five substations to link a 648-megawatt (MW) solar project at Kamuthi in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu to the national transmission grid.
The solar photovoltaic project, which was awarded by independent power producer (IPP) Adani Group in 2015, consists of five plants in a single location and is the largest of its kind in the world.
According to ABB, 360 MW from the solar project is currently grid-connected and at full capacity it will account for nearly 10% of India’s solar power, which amounts to approximately seven gigawatts (GW).
Claudio Facchin, President of ABB’s Power Grids division, said the project will not only diversify India’s energy mix to meet growing demand, but will also help the country achieve its target of 100 GW of solar power by 2022.
“We are proud to support the country’s clean energy vision and push for solar power which demonstrates its commitment to sustainable growth,” Mr Facchin said.
“This project exemplifies our end-to-end power and automation system integration capabilities and reinforces our commitment to the renewable energy sector, a key component of ABB’s Next Level strategy.”
ABB’s involvement in the project, which was completed on schedule, included the design, supply, installation and commissioning related to the solar plant electrification and automation systems.