/ -- Azure Power now has ~1600 MWs of high-quality operational solar assets Highest rated large-scale(1) solar operational portfolio in India, 68% with A to AAA domestic rated counterparties Most diversified solar portfolio in India in highest radiation zones, spread across 24 states, including an industry leading rooftop portfolio of over 200 MWs Azure Power, a leading solar power producer in India, announced that it has commissioned a 150 MW solar power plant in Bhadla solar park in Rajasthan. This section is the first phase of 200 MWs allocated to Azure Power by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), a Government of India enterprise and a company with AA+ debt rating by ICRA, a Moody's Company. Azure Power will supply power to SECI at a tariff of INR 2.48 (~US 3.6 cents) per kWh for 25 years.
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With this project commissioned, Azure Power now has ~1600 MWs of high-quality operational solar assets. This makes Azure Power's portfolio the highest rated large-scale (1) solar operating portfolio in India with 68% of the company's portfolio with A to AAA domestic rated counterparties. The company also has the most diversified solar portfolio in India in highest radiation zones, spread across 24 states, including a leading solar rooftop portfolio of over 200 MWs, out of which ~81% of the projects are with sovereign counterparties.
Azure Power has a strong portfolio in Rajasthan with entities like National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) and SECI with debt ratings of AAA and AA+ by ICRA respectively. In 2015, Azure Power developed the first-ever SECI solar power plant in the state of Rajasthan, which was also the largest solar power project under India's National Solar Mission at the time of its commissioning.
Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Inderpreet Wadhwa, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Azure Power said, "With this commissioning, we have one of the highest rated and diverse solar portfolios in India. This is a direct result of our strong project development, engineering, and execution capabilities. We are delighted to make this contribution towards the realization of our Hon'ble Prime Minister's commitment towards clean and green energy through solar power generation."
About Azure Power
Azure Power (NYSE: AZRE) is a leading independent solar power producer with a pan-Indian portfolio over 3 gigawatts. With its in-house engineering, procurement and construction expertise and advanced in-house operations and maintenance capability, Azure Power provides low-cost and reliable solar power solutions to customers throughout India. It has developed, constructed and operated solar projects of varying sizes, from utility scale, rooftop to mini & micro grids, since its inception in 2008. Highlights include the construction of India's first private utility scale solar PV power plant in 2009 and the implementation of the first MW scale rooftop project under the smart city initiative in 2013.
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(1) Among solar developers having more than 1.5 GWs capacity operational
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