Bosch commissions 4 MW of solar at Indian port

Aug 23 (Renewables Now) – German industrial group Bosch said on Tuesday it has commissioned a 4-MW solar park for the New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) in India’s Karnataka state.

The project was implemented by Bosch Energy and Building Solutions (BEBS) in partnership with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), which acted as an overall consultant. Bosch won the scheme in a tender issued by SECI in December 2015.

Spread on an area of almost 18 acres (7.3 ha), the solar array is expected to produce nearly 20,000 kWh of electricity daily and supply the port’s captive consumption needs. The output is enough to power 5,000 homes and will help save around 4,100 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year, Bosch estimates.

The design of the photovoltaic (PV) facility allows further expansion of the project, said Venugopalan CM, head of Bosch Energy and Building Solutions.

Bosch noted it plans to expand its energy solutions services with a focus on airports and seaports. Since 2015, the company has brought online almost 20 MW of solar capacity for the Cochin International Airport in Kerala and is currently working on a 6-MW project on a canal near the airport.

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