Welspun commissions solar project in Karnataka
Welspun Energy Ltd.(WEL) has commissioned its first solar project in Karnataka of 8.02 (DC) MW capacity, four months ahead of schedule. The project, located in Chitradurga district was developed by WEL’s step down subsidiary, Welspun Solar Kannada Pvt. Ltd. under the Karnataka State Policy. As per the PPA signed with Mangalore Electric Supply Company (MESCOM), the power plant was scheduled to begin commercial operations only by March 2014. Keeping up its impeccable execution track record, WEL has commissioned this project well before the timeline.
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,it is told. It is projected that this project will address Karnataka’s annual peak deficit of 27.4 per cent by generating 12.264 Mn kWh annually, enough to power 33,600 households. The solar project will mitigate 11,651 tons of carbon emissions annually.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Vineet Mittal, Managing Director, Welspun Energy Ltd. and President of 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. Completion of this project before schedule and at a lower than budgeted cost, demonstrates Welspun Energy’s expertise in solar project development. Best in class engineering practices and project management excellence contributes towards our success.”
The tracking system deployed at the site would track the path of the sun from morning till evening. It is expected to give a significant boost to power generation percentage in comparison to the fixed tilt system.