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West Bengal to get its first REC solar plant

According to reports, “Aradhana Investments Ltd” has proposed to setup the project on the roof top of “Auckland Jute Mills”, both being unit of “M/S Kankaria Group”.

The project division of Vikram Solar will implement the project as Engineering-Procurement-Construction contractor (EPC).

The 1 MW Roof top Grid Connected Captive Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant has been recommended to be implemented under Renewable Energy Certificate Mechanism (REC).

This will be West Bengal’s first solar power plant under REC Mechanism.

Auckland Jute Mills Pvt Ltd is situated at Jagatdal, Shyamnagar Township, North 24 Parganas, West Bengal.

The proposed project site is situated on the banks of river Ganges and is well connected by roadways and is 2-3 km away from Shyamnagar Railway station.

The rooftop of the factory building of the Jute Mill has been identified for installation of proposed Solar Photovoltaic Power plant covering an area of more than 4 lakh sq. ft.

The proposed Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant will generate DC power from Solar PV power plant.

Smart grid tied inverters shall convert this DC power to conventional 3 phase AC power. The AC power shall be further stepped up to high voltage and fed through transformers to utility grid and evacuate through Auckland Jute Mill’s own 3.3 kV substation to the nearest Bhatpara Township Substation, which is situated approximately less than 1KM away from the factory toward south.

Gyanesh Chaudhary, Director, Vikram Solar, said, “I am confident that we would be able to successfully implement this project.”

Jai Kumar Kankaria, Director, Aukland Jute Mills, said, “I am very positive about solar power since eventually power cost will increase and solar will be the cheapest mode of electricity.

“Also we are looking forward to this project and hopeful that the government soon passes the REC policy so that we can install additional 5 to 10 MW of power plant at our jute mill. That will also make the project commercially viable.”

The objective of setting up this 1 MW roof top solar photovoltaic plant is to promote the green power, and thereby mitigating the effect of Green House Gas emission.

The power so generated shall be utilized by the jute mill for its in house consumption during the sunshine hours.

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