DuPont Apollo, a wholly owned subsidiary of DuPont specialising in silicon-based thin-film photovoltaic (PV) technology, has recently supplied PV modules capable of generating 5 megawatts (MW) of electricity to a solar power plant in Gujarat, India, owned by Yantra eSolar India Pvt Ltd., a provider of renewable energy in India. Approved under Gujarat State Government Policy, the solar plant is scheduled to be grid-connected before the end of August 2012.
The solar plant is located on 35 acres in Village Charankha, Santalpur Taluk, Patan District in Gujarat State, India. Upon project completion and commissioning, the 5MW solar plant project is
estimated to generate 8 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity, offsetting 8000 tonnes of carbon emissions per year. In addition to supplying PV modules, DuPont Apollo also provided a
broader scope of services to this project including channelling debt-financing, recommending and qualifying balance of system (BOS) components, designing a reference system, verifying the design
and consulting on project management.
Yantra eSolar India Pvt Ltd aims to empower developing communities through the application of solar energy technologies. The company provides renewable energy generated by advanced solar PV technologies and products, as well as services catering to the solar energy ecosystem, with projects potentially spanning all 28 of India's states and seven of India's union territories by 2020.
According to the World Bank, India must increase electricity production fivefold to keep up with the country's development and demand within 25 years. The nation is eager to diversify its energy mix by adopting energy technologies that are sustainable and have minimal impact on the environment. India has decided to increase the capacity of solar power to 22 gigawatts (GW) by 2022, including both grid-connected and off-grid installations.