February 3, 2009

MW scale Solar Plant in West Bengal now operational

A new 2 megawatt scale solar plant in Jamuria, West Bengal has recently been installed and is now exporting energy to the power grid, in what local media have referred to as an historic event.

The plant, which uses Optimal Power Solutions power conditioners, is noteworthy for being the first MW-scale solar farm to begin exporting power in India. It is also notable for being constructed on the site of a decommissioned thermal coal plant. The Times of India has noted that “it’s quite likely the world’s only high carbon power unit being replaced by a zero-carbon one.” [1]

OPS India Engineering Manager Ashok Prakash accompanied a senior delegation to the plant in late August to inspect the system, which is owned by the West Bengal Green Energy Development Corporation (WBGEDC). Gon Chaudhuri, MD of WBGEDC, said that the system  “demonstrates the country’s intent and ability to be climate responsive in the energy sector. It has already catalysed commercial interest in solar power.’’

Link: West Bengal 2MW Project Photo Gallery
2MW Solar Plant, West Bengal, India

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* Ananda Bazar Patrika, 31st August 2009
[1] Times of India