Under the memorandum of understanding with the Government of Karnataka, SunEdison will provide technology, development and financing expertise to construct a mix of solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind energy power plants in the state.

The deal includes an immediate plan to construct 1GW to 1.5GW by the end of December 2016.

Energy generated from the projects will be sold under power purchase agreements (PPAs) with local distribution and utility firms.

The state government will work with SunEdison to identify public land for the projects and to enable grid connection.

SunEdison Asia-Pacific president Pashupathy Gopalan said: "Karnataka’s comprehensive energy policy paves the way for socially and environmentally responsible economic growth and prosperity by addressing the energy needs of utility customers, distributed generation customers, and farmers who can benefit from solar water pumps for irrigation."

In October 2014, SunEdison won five solar PV projects, totaling 150MW, from Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited.

The company has recently unveiled plans to invest about $4bn in building a solar panel manufacturing facility in Gujarat, India.

SunEdison and Adani Enterprises will set up a joint venture for building the facility in Mundra, located about 50km from Anjar town in Kutch district.