NEW DELHI: Delhi's plans for renewable energy got a boost on Tuesday when chief minister Sheila Dikshit inaugurated a 1-MW solar power plant in Keshavpuram in north Delhi.
This is the second solar project that has been commissioned in the capital. The first one was the solar plant at Thyagaraj Stadium.
Officials said the plant, built by Tata BP Solar, has more than 5,500 solar photovoltaic panels made of crystalline silicon, which will absorb sunlight and convert it into electricity that will be fed into the main grid line of NDPL. "This power is clean and green since there is no pollution in generating solar power. The panels will last 25 years. Since there are no moving parts, the panels need no maintenance except dusting and cleaning. DC power generated by solar panels is converted into AC by inverters and fed into the power grid via transformers. This plant is designed to produce 1.58 million units of electricity annually, sufficient to light more than 1,000 homes,' said an NDPL official.
Welcoming the initiative , the CM said "this is a small but very significant step towards adopting a low carbon lifestyle to mitigate climate change" . She lauded efforts of NDPL and said the initiative would be emulated by other companies.
Deepak Gupta, secretary, ministry of new and renewable energy said the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, which has set out a target of generating 20000 MW solar power by 2022, provides the framework within which initiatives like the NDPL- Tata BP plant will be supported.
NDPL started dabbling in solar energy in 2008 when it commissioned solar power plants of 4 KW and 15 KW capacity at its corporate office in Kingsway Camp and at its training academy at Rohini, Delhi. Under a plan that aims to popularize use of renewal energy, NDPL has been sanctioned three projects — a 54-KW plant at Poothkhurd, a 43-KW plant at Narela and a 45-KW plant at Bawana.