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Solar power plant at a village in Karur records maximum generation

Manjanayakkanpatti, a minuscule village in Karur district, has reasons to attract the attention of advocates of green energy, as a consortium of textile exporters has commissioned 10 MW solar photo voltaic-based power park which is said to be one of the largest clean energy parks in the country.

Though the consortium of exporters in Karur – Arvind-A-traders, Asian Fabricx and Karur Sree Rama Trading Private Ltd., – have already begun the solar power generation in the plant in March, the 10 MW plants recorded the maximum generation on Wednesday.

The park, equipped to supply more than 16 million units of clean and green energy to over 17,000 households, is expected to displace nearly 28,300 MT of carbondioxide annually.

The park consists of five solar power plants of various sizes totalling 10 MW built over two phases. In the first phase, two solar power plants, totalling 6 MW, were set up in March. Sterling and Wilson – part of the Shapoorji Pallonji Group - have built the park on 42 acres of land.

“Though Ramanathapuram district is said to be the ideal location for setting up the solar plants, we decided to establish in our own area as there is so huge variation in sunlight in Karur district when compared to Ramanathapuram. We are extremely satisfied with the performance of plants and output,” T. Balachandran, one of the promoters of the park, told The Hindu on Wednesday.

According to the promoters, the solar farm has been established at a cost of Rs. 75 crore (Rs.7.5 crore for each MW) with the funding of a private bank in Karur.

The solar PV power park comprises more than 33,160 high-end polycrystalline technology-based solar PV modules and ten 1 MVA power transformers to generate 10MWp. The polycrystalline solar PV modules and inverters were procured from the world leading solar PV technology providers and inverter solution provider.

These panels were used as they were the best suited in ramping up grid connected solar farms in high ambient temperature. The project had been built on Average Pooled Purchase Cost and Renewable Energy Certification model for sale of power and purchase.

P. Saravanan, senior manager, projects, Sterling and Wilson, said that several control rooms had been set up to control the production and supply power to the grid. The generated power had been connected with 110 KV sub-station at Kaniyalanpatti in Karur.

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