First Solar Power India, a subsidiary of U.S.-based First Solar Inc., has connected two more utility-scale solar power plants to the grid as part of its 260MW project portfolio in the country.

The larger of the two projects is an 80MW plant in Andhra Pradesh, while the second site is a 50MW plant located in Telangana.

The two plants will produce enough energy to power approximately 227,500 homes in the country, and will displace over 204,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. The project will be powered by more than 1.4 million First Solar modules, offering highly predictable energy in all climates and applications. The modules have been independently tested to pass accelerated life and stress tests beyond industry standards. With both a superior temperature coefficient and superior spectral response, they have been independently certified for reliable performance in high temperature, high humidity, extreme desert, and coastal environments.

The electricity from the projects will be purchased by the Southern Power Distribution Company of Andhra Pradesh and The Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company Limited under 25-year power purchase agreements.

"After achieving a recent milestone of 1GW of PV solar capacity footprint in India, we are delighted to add 130MWAC of utility-scale solar power to the grid, growing our portfolio of operational solar assets to a cumulative capacity of 150 MWAC," said Sujoy Ghosh, First Solar's country head for India.

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