Haryana aims to install solar plants to replace old thermal plants

Haryana Power Generation Corporation Ltd (HPGCL) is setting up a solar power plant at the site of a defunct thermal power plant in Faridabad.

The power generator plans to set up the plant over 151.78 acres near Bata Chowk in the district that generated coal based energy in the past.

“The solar plant at Faridabad would be set up on land that was being used ash Dyke,” managing director, HPGCL, MKV Ramarao told ET. “The solar plant would ensure efficient use of the ash dykes,” he said.

He said that the process for auction of defunct plant and machinery has been initiated. He said the actual site of thermal plant will be retained and developed by the Haryana Urban Development Authority.

Apart from Faridabad project, the HPGCL is also mulling to generate solar power on land in and around the four-aging coal based thermal power plant at Panipat. To reduce cost of power and maintenance, the Haryana government has decided to shut four of Panipat thermal plants.

“The process for utilizing available land around the closed plants in Panipat would be initiated in near future,”MD said.

HPGCL has an installed capacity of 5300 MW, mainly from a coal-based plant at Panipat, Yamunanagar and Hisar. Apart from the Faridabad project, four other aging and inefficient thermal power units at Panipat are also being shut down to cut the cost of power.

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