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Orissa’s first solar energy plant comes up in Balangir

According to reports, the district solar energy producing installations have drawn the distinction by producing the solar energy for the first time and selling it to GRIDCO since July 14 last.

Set up by Hyderabad-based Raajratna Energy Holdings Private Limited (REHPL), a company engaged in the development of renewable energy projects, at Sadeipali, five km from here, the solar power plant which is third in India and first in Odisha, has been generating 1MW .

It has been implemented under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) of Rooftop Photo Voltaic and Small Solar Power Generation Programme (RPSSGP) Scheme of the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). The project was executed by AIC Projects GmbH, Germany and KSK Surya-Hyderabad, informed an official.

The land acquisition for this project started in January and construction started in February and was completed in July. The plant is spread over seven acres of land. A total of 10,000 solar panel power modules have been installed and the solar panel has been imported from China, informed project coordinator Manas Ranjan Swain.

A total of Rs.16 crore has been invested under the JNNSM, which was financed by Rural Electrification Corporation, New Delhi. The plant is generating 1MW power daily and we are selling it to GRIDCO at Rs.8.52 per unit. As the sun rays fall on the solar panel, it starts generating power. There is an inverter which after getting 4 kilowatt energy becomes functional and the inverter converts the DC currents to AC, explained Ganesh, the plant- in- charge. Even in rainy days, a total of 30 to 40 per cent energy is produced, he said further.

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