Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Karnataka Power plans 3 solar power projects - Belgaum gets one


Projects today reported that Karnataka Power Corporation will be setting up 3 solar power projects in Karnataka to tap natural resources. It is taking up the solar power projects on a pilot basis at an estimated cost of INR 225 crore.

Mr BS Yeddyurappa CM of Karnataka has laid the foundation stone for the country's first ever, 3 MW solar photovoltaic power plant at Yelesandra in Bangarpet taluk of Kolar district on January 9th. The power produced from the plant will be supplied to the state grid through an 11 kV transmission line, which is about 100 meters from the proposed plant. The cost of each megawatt will be in the range of INR 25 crore.

As per report, the other 2 projects will be set up at Itnal village in Chikodi taluk of Belgaum district and in Shikaripur taluk of Shimoga district. Each of these three projects will supply 3 MW of power during the day to the state grid, which is sufficient to charge around 400 irrigation pump sets and irrigate 1,200 acre.

KPCL has floated tenders for the projects in Kolar and Belgaum districts. So far, 24 companies, both domestic and international have participated in the tender including TATA BP Solar, BHEL, Sun Technics, Iso Photon of Spain, Zecon Solar of USA among others.

The report added that KPCL will use the solar photovoltaic modular crystalline technology for this entire project. For each plant the corporation requires 15 acre. The projects will be completed and commissioned by the next Kannada Rajyotsava falling on November 1st 2009.

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