Solar farm launched in Sivaganga district

REMARKABLE: A view of solar power farm at Rettai Pillai Ayyanarkoil in Sivaganga district. — Photo:L. Balachandar.

REMARKABLE: A view of solar power farm at Rettai Pillai Ayyanarkoil in Sivaganga district. — Photo:L. Balachandar.  

: Rettai Pillai Ayyanarkoil, a tiny interior hamlet near Muthupatti in Sivaganga district, has all reasons to figure in the country's renewable energy map, thanks to the commissioning of a solar farm by a private clean energy company.

Though the synchronization of evacuating power through the 110 KV grid was done on Monday, the Moser Baer Clean Energy Limited (MBCEL), a subsidiary of Moser Baer Projects Private Limited (MBPPL), recorded the production of solar power on Wednesday as the sun, main source of solar power, was shining brighter than the last two days.

The 5 MW photo voltac grid interactive solar power plant has been established on 65 acres in Rettai Pillai Ayyanarkoil, most of the land in and around the hamlet is considered as arid.

Most of the 65 acre land has been occupied by modules and panels, which were produced by an indigenous technology.

As many as 61000 modules were established in different rows in such a way to absorb the sun radiation.

Five control rooms were set up to control the production and supply the same to the grid.

According to the company sources, the solar farm was established at a cost of around Rs.100 crore. The International Finance Corporation and the IDBI financed the project.

The technical expertise for the commissioning was provided by the EPC (Engineering Procurement Commissioning), an arm of Moser Baer Solar Limited.

The solar farm has been commissioned using amorphous silicon Thin Film technology, which is considered as one of the best technologies suited for the Indian climatic conditions.

The project had been awarded by the Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA) and is being implemented under the Generation Based Incentive scheme of the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Government of India.

The project awarded on the basis of a global bid is the first of its kind in the solar farm category to be commissioned in India under the phase 1 of the National Solar Mission.

The panels installed at Sivaganga Project were procured from Moser Baer Solar Limited.

These panels were used as they are the best suited in ramping up grid connected solar farms in high ambient temperature region like India.

“Though the power production is still in the initial stages, the plant is functioning extremely well. It is highly satisfactory,” S. Sridhar, General Manager, Technical Services, Solar Farms, Moserbaer, told The Hindu.

He added that it was expected that it could supply 75 lakh unit per annum from the Sivaganga solar farm to the grid.

Though it could generate power throughout the year, summer period would be ideal for the maximum production in a year.

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