We have a first mover advantage from the construction of India's first private utility scale solar photovoltaic power plant in 2009 as well as the implementation of the first megawatt scale rooftop smart city initiative in 2013. Additionally, our strong track record in policy and project development across utility scale, commercial rooftop and micro-grids projects has helped us gain a leading market share in India.
As the first developer and operator of utility scale solar assets in India, we believe that we are a well-established brand that has grown alongside the rapidly growing Indian solar market since 2009. We have proven to be a reliable developer with successful and expedient execution of our development pipeline. We believe we have become one of the largest solar developers and operators in India.
Our in-house EPC capabilities enhance our ability to be flexible with our choice of technology, which allows us to choose high quality equipment while optimizing the combination of total solar project cost and yield. Our in-house O&M capabilities maximize project yield and performance through proprietary system monitoring and adjustments. With the continual innovation in our EPC and O&M capabilities, we are able to offer cost-efficient solutions to all our customers.
We have developed proprietary systems that significantly reduce the time it takes to design, finance, commission, operate and maintain projects. Our lean and efficient execution expertise facilitates completion of our plants ahead of contracted completion dates, enables us to easily scale our operations without significant increases to headcount, and allows us to construct several projects in parallel without compromising on efficiency.
We partner with local communities when we embark on a new project. We hire from local communities and generally lease land that has few alternative uses, providing local communities with a stream of discretionary cash flow without displacing alternative businesses. As a result we are able to build long term community relationships, which allows us to improve our time of completion. Economic development also drives local power demand.
Our strong management team has proven execution capabilities globally. Our senior leadership team and board of directors include widely recognized experts in solar energy, energy finance and public policy, with track records of building successful businesses.