Philippine-based Ayala group’s power generation platform is revving up a construction binge overseas as it gears up, along with its partners, to build a second project in India – a 70MW solar farm in Gujarat state priced at $36 million.
AC Energy said in a statement the facility was expected to go online in the first half of next year, delivering 50MW into the grid, but with capacity peaking at 70MW.
This was disclosed just three months after announcing a 100MW solar project in Rajasthan state.
Dubbed Paryapt Solar, the Gujarat facility is being developed by UPC-AC Energy Solar, a joint venture with UPC Solar Asia Pacific.
Paryapt Solar will supply energy to Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd through a 25-year contract that UPC-AC Energy Solar won through competitive bidding.
AC Energy said: “India has emerged as a country with one of the biggest renewable energy expansion programmes, with support from the government and investors driving the growth.”
The state of Gujarat alone is targeting to have 8,000MW of solar power by 2022.
AC Energy earlier this year announced its plans to integrate its international business. It aspires to become the largest listed renewables platform in Southeast Asia, with plans to build a portfolio of 5,000MW of renewables-based capacity by 2025.
Through its partnership with UPC Renewables, AC Energy has invested in PT UPC Sidrap Bayu Energi, developer of a 75MW wind farm in South Sulawesi, Indonesia.
The partnership was more recently expanded with the development of two wind projects in Vietnam, which have a combined capacity of 60MW.
PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK