Suntech has agreed to supply 200MW of solar panels for a project to be developed by Adani Power in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

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Adani Power will design, construct and operate the project, which is expected to go online by 2016.

The project, which will feature Suntech’s Vem PV series modules, is estimated to generate about 330 gigawatt-hours of energy, enough to power about 367,000 homes.

Upon completion, the plant will help in reducing around 281,700 tons of carbon emissions per year.

Suntech said the plant currently in pre-development will be the biggest individual solar project across the globe.

Suntech president Haibo Xiong said: "After recently completing a 9.3 MW project with Adani Power in Gujarat, India, we’re excited to be continuing our partnership with Adani Power, who has proven to be an important and strong partner to have in developing the solar industry in the region and in India.

"We expect that this 200 MW project is the breaking point for Suntech’s presence in India as we continue to collaborate with Adani Power."

The Government of India is planning to increase the country’s solar energy capacity to 100GW from about 4GW.

It has issued guidelines to establish about 25 solar parks, each with a capacity of 500MW and above, by 2022.

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