GE Renewable Energy ’s Grid Solutions business has been awarded multiple orders to supply 765 kV transformers and reactors in India. The contracts were awarded by Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL), India’s largest state-owned transmission company. GE is contracted to provide 13 units of 765 kV transformers and 32 units of 765 kV reactors.
The transformers and reactors will be installed in new substations to be set up in the state of Rajasthan by PGCIL, to evacuate 8.1 GW from the state’s solar energy zones under Phase II of the Transmission System for evacuation of power from solar energy zones in Rajasthan project. This involves evacuation of energy from four solar energy zones within Rajasthan: 1.05 GW from Bhadla; 2.2 GW from Fatehgarh; 1.9 GW from Ramgarh; and 2.95 GW from Bikaner.
The Indian government has set a target for establishing 175 GW renewable capacity by 2022, which includes 100 GW from solar and 60 GW from wind. This includes the solar generation potential of 20 GW in Rajasthan.
Pitamber Shivnani, President and CEO of GE’s Grid Solutions, South Asia, said: “With a persistent focus on decarbonisation and round-the-clock power, we believe that the Indian energy landscape will continue to undergo a significant positive transformation. The transmission system for evacuation of power from solar energy zones in Rajasthan is an excellent initiative by India’s government to promote the use of green energy.”