Avadi HVF now has biggest solar power plant in city

Giant facility:Solar panels installed at the Heavy Vehicle Factory in Avadi.B. Jothi Ramalingam  

The commissioning of the 16 mega watt (MW) solar power plant at the Heavy Vehicle Factory at Avadi has created a record: the facility is now the biggest solar power plant in the city.

The project, which was recently inaugurated by Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, was executed by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for the Heavy Vehicle Factory (HVF) and Engine Factory (EFA).

The solar power plant has been connected to the grid of the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) and is spread over 80 acres of land.

The plant has been installed at a cost of Rs. 105 crore.

A senior official of the Tangedco confirmed the 16 MW solar power plant is the biggest anywhere near the city. He added that to distribute the power generated from the solar plant, a 110 kilo volt (KV) substation had been constructed.

While Tangedco is bound to tap the solar power at a competitive price of Rs. 4.75 per unit, the linking of the solar plant to the grid is bound to give savings of Rs. 4.50 crore annually to the Avadi HVF and EFA.

Clean power

More than the savings, the plant would be providing clean power, thereby reducing carbon dioxide emissions to the extent of 26,000 tonnes per annum.

The presence of such a huge solar power plant is also bound to benefit the numerous residential localities that have come up in recent years.

A 33 KV substation will be commissioned at Mitnamallee near Muthapudupet.