First Solar Power India has connected two solar projects to the grid in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, with respective capacities of 80MWac and 50MWac.

Together the two plants will generate enough electricity to power about 227,500 Indian homes. They will feature more than 1.4 million First Solar modules.

First Solar claims that the modules have been rigorously tested to pass accelerated life, going beyond industry standards.

The modules have higher temperature coefficient and higher spectral response and they have been independently certified to work reliably under high temperature, high humidity, extreme desert and also in coastal environments.

The Southern Power Distribution Company of Andhra Pradesh and The Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company will buy the electricity generated from the projects under 25-year power purchase agreements (PPAs).

First Solar India Country Head Sujoy Ghosh said: “After achieving a recent milestone of 1GW of PV solar capacity footprint in India, we are delighted to add 130 MWAC of Utility-Scale Solar Power to the Grid, growing our portfolio of operational solar assets to a cumulative capacity of 150 MWAC.

“With the commissioning of these plants we have once again demonstrated our strong execution capabilities, and with First Solar’s module performance and reliability, the plants will provide the best possible return on investment.”