- Venkatesh G S
IN CONVERSATION - "We intend to add another 200 to 300MW to our portfolio in next 5 to 6 months’
IN CONVERSATION - "We intend to add another 200 to 300MW to our portfolio in next 5 to 6 months’ time and will be operating around 600 to 700Mw solar power plants in the next FY."
In Conversation with CEO
Please tell our readers in brief about the different services you provide.
Avi Solar Energy Pvt Limited was founded in 2010 with its headquarters in Bangalore and with a vision to contribute to Environment and Society by harvesting energy from sunlight.
It entered into solar O&M services as well as into solar EPC business in 2015 and in its last 5 years journey, Avi Solar has provided its O&M services to more than 2.2GW solar power plants (both ground mounted and roof top) cumulatively, successfully executed 22+ MW of EPC works and also provided its project management consultancy to 21 MW Solar power plants.
GTM Research and SOLICHAMBA in their report Global Solar PV O&M 2017-2022: Markets, Services and Competitors, ranked Avi Solar as “No. 3 Solar PV O&M Service Provider in the Utility-Scale Segment in India” which itself is a testimony to Avi Solar’s technical and professional capability in this field.
Major customers of Avi Solar O&M Services for ground mounted & roof mounted projects are Renew Power , Shapoorji & Pallonji, Hero Future Energy, Oriano Power, Cleantech Solar, Cleanmax Solar, Berkeley Energy etc
How important is real monitoring of solar plants?Could you explain your PV monitoring solutions offerings in brief?
Real time monitoring of Solar power plants is a very critical aspect of O&M service which helps in improving plant performance as well as will help in optimization of manpower at site level leading cost optimization . Also real time monitoring coupled with AI & ML will help in predictive maintenance.
As Avi Solar is an independent O&M service provider, it uses the monitoring solutions already existing in its customer solar powerplant. In whichever sites, effective monitoring solutions are not available, it recommends an IoT based SCADA system developed by its own subsidiary company, M/s EnerMAN Technologies.
We will be achieving a portfolio size of around 500 MWp by end of current FY and our portfolio size planning for FY 21-22 will be around 700 Mwp in the current highly price sensitive market condition."
What are some of the key advantages of having good quality maintenance systems? Can you tell us about your Operations and Maintenance services?
Good Quality Maintenance leads to
1. Higher uptime, higher generation & better project ROI
2. Longer equipment life and reduced OPEX
Our O&M activities are system driven by annual and monthly O&M plan for each project with day to day maintenance activity is strictly driven by standardized checklist and SOP’s through mobile app.
Our O&M activities includes preventive ,breakdown and predictive maintenance of the solar plant with battery limit of our service varying from switch yard within the solar power plant to the incomer bay of the interconnecting substation.
Highest priority is accorded to safety with continuous training of all our team on all safety aspects . We are enforcing strict implementation of all EHS guidelines of our company as well as our of customers to ensure safe work across all sites.
Please tell us about your major projects and future projects in the pipeline?
Currently we are providing our O&M services to around 400+ MWp solar power plants including both ground mounted and rooftop projects.With many more projects in our pipeline, we intend to add another 200 to 300MW to our portfolio in next 5 to 6 months’ time and will be operating around 600 to 700Mw solar powerplants in the next FY.
What are your plans for growth for the upcoming year 2021?
We will be achieving a portfolio size of around500MWp by end of current FY and our portfolio size planning for FY 21-22 will be around700Mwp in the current highly price sensitive market condition.