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GOVT TO INSTALL GRID CONNECTED SOLAR POWER PLANTS IN ALL RAIPUR GOVT BUILDINGS

According to reports, the Chhattisgarh Government will implement 21,255 Kw grid connected solar PV system scheme for Government buildings located in Raipur city under Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO) model.

A total of 159 Government schools in Chhattisgarh were using solar energy to meet their power supply requirements during the last financial year (2016-17), officials informed.

The State currently also has total renewable energy potential of 4,500 MW which includes solar (grid connected and roof top), wind biomass and small hydro, they informed.

It has also planned to install solar powered pump sets for agriculture consumers which will benefit 16,000 consumers.

It may be recalled that there are significantly more number of villages which are to be electrified in Chhattisgarh using the off-grid (solar) mode than the grid-based (conventional power supply.

The State has also launched a ‘Solar Community Irrigation Project’ for drawing water extracted using solar pumps for supplying to the agricultural land of farmers across the State.

The Central Government has released Rs 12 lakh each for Raipur and Bilaspur for the Solar City project, officials informed.

The total sanctioned funds for the two cities is Rs 43 lakh each.

A total amount of Rs 67.01 crore has been sanctioned for preparation of master plans, solar city cells, promotional activities and installation of renewable energy projects and an amount of Rs 24.16 crore has been released, so far, under Solar City Programme.

Out of 7 identified solar cities in Maharashtra, an amount of Rs 7.74 crore has been sanctioned and an amount of Rs 3.04 crore has been released for 6 solar cities.

Chhattisgarh will procure additional power from renewable energy sources to the tune of approximately 700 MW by FY 2018, officials informed.

With this the average power purchase cost for Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Ltd (CSPDCL) based on the above power availability will increase from 2.58 Rs/kWh in FY 2015-16 to 3.12 Rs/kWh in FY 2018, they informed.

The rates have been derived based on cost of power at existing rates and considering no escalation in power purchase cost since it is passing through for the distribution company.

Chhattisgarh has two ‘waste-to-energy’ power plants proposed with a total installed capacity of 10 MW, officials informed.

Notably, five Municipal Solid Wastes (MSW) to energy plants with a cumulative installed capacity of 66.5 MW are currently operational/under trial run in the country.

The Chhattisgarh Government has decided to set up a ‘Waste to Energy’ power generation plant in Durg district.

The Chhattisgarh Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA) will be installing Grid Connected Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant in seven locations of the State.

The SPV plants would be would be installed at District Hospital, Bijapur, Bastar, PWD Head office building, Naya Raipur, District Panchayat, BIjapur, Bastar, Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd, at Bharari in Bilaspur, Govt Digvijay College, Rajnandgaon, Indira Art & Music University, Khairagarh, Rajnandgaon district and CSPSCL Training Institute, Gudhiyari, Raipur, officials informed.

Chhattisgarh will procure additional power from renewable energy sources to the tune of approximately 700 MW by FY 2018, officials informed.

With this the average power purchase cost for Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Ltd (CSPDCL) based on the above power availability will increase from 2.58 Rs/kWh in FY 2015-16 to 3.12 Rs/kWh in FY 2018, they informed.

The rates have been derived based on cost of power at existing rates and considering  no escalation in power purchase cost since it is passing through for the distribution company.

CREDA has invested Rs 400 crores during last 11 years in developing infrastructure for solar power generation which had resulted in 40 MW of electricity being generated from non conventional energy sources.

The agency will be installing a total of 10,000 submersible and surface solar photo voltaic (SPV) irrigation pumps in farm lands soon across the State.

The SPV Pumps shall be provided with lightening and over voltage protection. The principal aim in this protection is to reduce the over voltage to a tolerable value before it reaches the PV or other sub-systems components.

The source of over voltage can be lightening or any other atmospheric disturbance, officials informed.

The State Government has already commenced preparation for setting up 51,000 solar powered irrigation pumps in a span of two-and-half-years in the State.

The Government has set the target of setting up 11,000 solar pumps in the current financial year till March 2017 and the rest during the next two years.

 

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