Siemens Gamesa has been awarded the contract to build its first hybrid wind-solar project, a 28 megawatt solar facility connected to an existing 50 megawatt wind farm in India.
Siemens Gamesa, the resulting company from the merger of Spanish wind energy giant Gamesa and the Siemens Wind division, announced on Tuesday that it had received its first ever hybrid contract, which the company claims “evidences its determination to explore business opportunities that add value for its customers.”
The project will see Gamesa handle the design, engineering, and commissioning of the new 28.8 megawatt (MW) solar plant — including the supply of photovoltaic inverters made by Gamesa Electric — and its hybridization with an existing 50 MW wind farm, which is likely to be the 50 MW wind farm Gamesa was awarded the contract for a year ago in Bijapur, in the state of Karnataka.
Siemens Gamesa was light on information in this week’s press release, but the company did state that the existing 50 MW wind farm it will be working with is in the state of Karnataka and is “equipped with the Siemens Gamesa turbines.” This matches up with a September 22 2016 announcement by then-independent Gamesa that it had been awarded a contract by ReNew Power to construct a 50 MW wind farm located in Bijapur, in the state of Karnataka.
The new hybridization project is expected to be up and running by the end of this year.
“This is a very important milestone for our company,” said Ramesh Kymal, CEO of Siemens Gamesa’s Onshore business in India. “We are truly proud to be rolling out this new hybrid solution — namely the optimal combination of solar and wind power technology — on a commercial scale. With a market potential of around 15 GW in India, our customers are increasingly interested in this type of integrated renewable system.”