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In addition to the well-known efforts made by Tata-BP, Moser Baer and so on, here are a few more notable solar energy ventures in India, courtesy Gopinath’s Blog

1. Sharp, the global leader in solar PV technology, recently made a foray into solar energy in India with its Sharp Business Systems India Ltd. subsidiary. It will focus its activities on supplying large-scale grid-connected systems and targets 8 MW installed by 2010.

2. Centrotherm Photovoltaics AG of Germany plans to set up a 5,000-ton capacity (expandable to 10,000 tons) polysilicon processing factory at Haldia in West Bengal at an investment of US$8 billion (8 billion! That’s huge). This is a joint venture with SREI Infrastructure Finance Ltd, Environ Energy Deck Services and US-based Perseus. The factory will produce both electronic and solar grade silicon and will be equipped with a 100 MW captive power plant.

3. The IBM Thomas J Watson Research Centre has expressed a desire to participate in solar energy and silicon research in West Bengal.

4. The US-based Signet Solar has signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Tamil Nadu to manufacture 300 MW of thin-film PV modules in a project worth an estimated $500 million. The plant will be located in the Sriperumbudur SEZ.

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