Veltoor, a 100MW project in the southern Indian state of Telangana, satisfied DNV GL’s service specification DNVGL SE 0078, a global guideline for the certification of solar PV projects. The specification covers a broad set of requirements including design, design basis, grid code compliance, manufacturing process, transport and installation, as well as commissioning. Veltoor was co-developed by CLP India and Suzlon Energy Limited.
“The comprehensive requirements of DNV GL’s certification provided a clear roadmap for us to ensure the highest quality as we designed and built Veltoor,” said Rajiv Mishra, Managing Director of CLP India. “Operational excellence is part of our DNA and CLP maintains the highest-quality standards across all facets of our work. As the only certification body that provided complete guidelines for PV projects, DNV GL has worked hand-in-hand with us to help the Veltoor project meet our quality objectives.”
Fabio Pollicino, Director and Service Line Leader for Project Certification at DNV GL, said, “Having been involved with the Veltoor Solar Power Project since its earliest days, we are very happy to award it the first ever PV project certificate and support the fast-growing Indian solar market.”
Veltoor was fully commissioned in the first quarter of 2018, marking an important milestone for CLP as the Group’s first solar project in India. It was completed without any lost-time incidents even though it took more than one million man hours to build. The single-axis sun tracking solar panels deployed at Veltoor, capable of following the sun’s path through the day to maximise efficiency, are the most advanced of their kind in the CLP Group.
CLP is committed to investing in renewable energy projects in India. The Group is monitoring solar resources at different locations to evaluate more reliable, site specific resource potential.
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