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India’s Gujarat State Completes 300 Megawatts of Solar Plants

According to reports, India’s Gujarat state, home to the country’s largest solar program, has completed 300 megawatts of sun-powered plants, about a third of its target.

An additional 300 megawatts of projects are almost finished and awaiting connections to power transmission infrastructure. They should be ready in about 15 days, Iswarbhai Bhavsar, chairman of the Gujarat Energy Development Agency, the state-run body overseeing the program, said in a phone interview today.

Gujarat had set a Jan. 28 deadline for 958 megawatts of capacity. Photovoltaic plants that missed the cut-off will get 33 percent less for the power they produce, the state electricity commission said last week.

Movya, an Ahmedabad-based consulting firm, published a list of the 600 megawatts of projects completed or near completion on its website that includes those by developers Adani Enterprises Ltd. and MEMC Electronic Materials Inc.’s SunEdison unit. Movya Chief Executive Nilesh Patel said the information was obtained from officials he declined to identify in the Gujarat government.

Bhavsar said he was unaware of the list and couldn’t confirm its accuracy. Gujarat Energy Secretary D.J. Pandian didn’t respond to e-mails and phone calls seeking confirmation.

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