First solar project commissioned in Karnataka at Chitradurga

MANGALORE: Welspun Energy Limited (WEL) has commissioned its first solar project in Karnataka of 8.02-MW capacity, four months ahead of schedule. The 8.02 (DC) MW Karnataka project located in Chitradurga district was developed by WEL’s step down subsidiary Welspun Solar Kannada Pvt Ltd. As per PPA signed withMangalore Electric Supply Company, the plant was scheduled to begin commercial operations only by March 2014.

This project is one of the many solar and wind projects of WEL being developed in Karnataka and will contribute to the state’s energy needs. This project will address Karnataka’s annual peak deficit of 27.4% by generating 12.264 million kWh annually, enough to power 33,600 households. The project will mitigate 11,651 tons of carbon emissions annually, Vineet Mittal, MD, Welspun Energy Ltd and president, Solar Power Developers Association (SPDA) said

“Welspun Energy is committed to supplying clean energy to power India’s growth. The need gap can sustainably be closed by increasing investment in renewable energy projects and our pace of growth mirrors this commitment,” he said. Completion of this project before schedule and at a lower than budgeted cost demonstrates Welspun’s expertise. Best in class engineering practices and project management excellence contributes towards our success, he said.

The tracking system deployed at the site would track the path of the sun from morning till evening. This system is expected to give a significant boost to power generation percentage in comparison to the fixed tilt system. WEL’s power projects aims to contribute to India’s energy security agenda. With industry projected growth of 20% per year and favorable policy, Welspun Energy aims to develop 1.75 GW of solar and wind power projects in the next three years.

Welspun Energy has so far built up more than 300-MW clean energy capacity on-ground; of this 262MW clean energy projects are operational. The organization envisions developing power projects pan India, with Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka being major states of focus, Vineet noted.

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