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Web Exclusive | January 2013

Maha to set up 150 mw solar power plant in Dhule

In Maharashtra's Nizampur village in Dhule district a 150 mw solar power plant will be commissioned by end of March this year. Rs 1,600 crore is going to be spent on the plant.

Dhule, in north Maharashtra, which is around 330 km from Pune, is known for dry land, bright sunlight and high solar radiation, mainly because its proximity to the tropic of cancer. VS Patil, Executive Director (solar power generation) of the government-owned Maharashtra State Power Generation Company (MSPGCL), said that the Dhule plant would be the first solar power project that will be connected to the national grid.

Patil said, a German investment bank has given 250 million euros (Rs 1,600 crore) for this project. The state power generation company has awarded the contract to construct and install the power plant to Lanco Infra, Megha Engineering and Prithvi Infra. The solar panels spread over 350 hectares of barren land will have 'thin film' and 'crystalline' technology based photovoltaic cells.

The aim is to maximize the output from the solar panels. The efficiency of the power panels is 20 per cent of the total heat absorption, he added. Patil said that the solar panels, invertors and other equipment have started arriving in the state. Installation of panels has also started and after some preliminary tests the panel installation and inter-connection will be done.

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