Kiran Energy has announced commissioning of its 55MW DC solar photovoltaic power project in Rawra village, Phalodi Tehsil of Jodhpur district in Rajasthan. The projects were set up under the second batch of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), with three power purchase agreements with NVVN.
The projects are undertaken in subsidiaries of Kiran Energy and in Kiran’s 74% joint venture with Mahindra & Mahindra. The plant is spread over 450 acres and is co-located with their 5MW project of JNNSM first batch.
With this, the company now operates the largest solar power plant cluster of 60MW with a combined evacuation at a single location in India. The project erection was completed in less than 6 months and the project management and design optimisation has been undertaken by an in-house team along with Tata Consulting Engineers.
The project has been executed by two EPC contractors; Larsen & Toubro Ltd and Mahindra EPC. The plant is connected to a 33/132KV pooling substation executed by Schneider and a 25km 132KV transmission line.
“L&T has been working with Kiran energy since the inception of the JNNSM. The commissioning of the subject project is a testimony to our excellent interaction and close working relationship. We are looking forward to build high performing plants like this with M/s Kiran Energy in future in-line with their future expansion strategy.”, said Mr. S. Rajavel – EVP and Head Water & Solar SBG, Larsen & Toubro Limited.
The plant is expected to produce an average of more than 90,000 megawatt-hours of clean electricity per year, equivalent to the annual electricity needs of more than 275,000 average Indian households, and reduce carbon emissions to the extent of 80,000 metric tons per year.
Kiran Energy is one of the leading clean energy utilities that has been developing and operating solar power projects across India. In Rajasthan and Gujarat, it is now operating an aggregate of over 80MW power plants.
The company is building clusters, of between 50MW and 100MW, which supplies solar power to Government and Industry. Solar Energy today provides long term energy security and price certainty. Solar also matches the daily and seasonal consumption pattern. The company has solar clusters under development in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
Kiran has also established Test and Research facilities at its solar clusters. It has test centres at its Rajasthan and Gujarat facilities testing various technologies including modules, inverters and tracking systems to validate data and performance in Indian climatic conditions. The company has installed comprehensive weather stations to carry out measurements to correlate plant technology performance with weather parameters.
Commenting on the plant operations and technology, Ardeshir Contractor, MD&CEO, Kiran Energy “These plants have been carefully designed and are operated like large generating power plants with a focus on predictable plant and energy output performance, and seamless interaction with the grid. The expected life of the plants are well over 25 years which is the period of the power purchase agreements. Our plants that have been in operation the last year show that actual performance tracks design expectations very closely. As we go ahead in the coming year, we plan to operate a fleet of solar plants in various high solar resource geographies in states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu”