According to reports, the recent strike by sand transporters has affected work related to setting up of the 5 MW grid-connected solar power plant at Shimsha in Mandya district.
The plant, which was to be ready in January as per the original schedule, is now expected to be completed by February-end.
A top-ranking official in Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd. (KPCL), which is setting up the plant, said: “Work is being expedited to make up for the delay and to ensure that the commissioning of the plant is not delayed further.”
The foundation for the plant that is coming up on 25 acres of land near the Shimsha hydel power project, was laid on June 29, 2011.
The contract for this Rs. 61.50-crore project has been awarded to the Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd.
The Shimsha solar plant is the fourth grid-connected solar power plant coming up in the State besides being the biggest.
The plant is expected to generate about eight million units of power a year.
The project cost is said to be the lowest among all such solar plants in the country. This gives it national significance in terms of cost-cutting and economy of scale.