Siemens Gamesa said it has bagged a project to develop India’s first large-scale commercial hybrid wind solar project, where a 28.8 MW solar facility will be connected to an existing 50 MW wind farm in Karnataka.

The company said that under the deal — reached with one of the country’s leading independent operators — it will provide an end-to-end turnkey solution. It will handle the design, engineering and commissioning of the new solar plant (including the supply of photovoltaic inverters made by Gamesa Electric) and its hybridisation with an existing wind farm, equipped with Siemens Gamesa turbines.

The project, the first of its kind for the company, is scheduled to be up and running by the end of 2017.

“This is a very important milestone for our company. We are rolling out this new hybrid solution — namely the optimal combination of solar and wind power technology — on a commercial scale,” said Ramesh Kymal, CEO of Siemens Gamesa’s onshore business in India. “With a market potential of around 15 GW in India, our customers are increasingly interested in this type of integrated renewable system.”