Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Karnataka govt to take up 'Arunodaya' to tackle power crisis - Solar PV plants in Kolar, Belgaum and Raichur Districts.


Bangalore June 17, 2009: To overcome the growing demand for supply of electricity, Karnataka Government has drawn up an ambitious plan to supply solar power in rural areas under 'Arunodaya' at an estimated cost of Rs 225 crore. According to Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL) sources here, the firstever biggest Solar PV plants in the country would be established in Kolar, Belgaum and Raichur Districts.

Under demonstration project, the plants would be established in Yelesandra village in Kolar district, Itnal village in Chikkodi Taluk of Belgaum district and in Raichur district.
The Centre would provide a subsidy of Rs 12 per unit of the power produced against total cost of Rs 16, the sources said.

To begin with, two plants- one each at Kolar and Belgaum districts- would be launched by December this year and at Raichur in 2010.

The Solar PV plant of three MW each would help in bridging power demand-supply gap especially in rural areas and provide a fillip in avoiding Green House Gas (GHG) emissions and protection of environment.

Power thus produced would be supplied in villages through 11 KV lines and about 400 irrigation pump sets of ten horse power each could be powered besides irrigating about 2000 acres of land.
The plant, which would ensure three phase quality power to farmers, would also help growing sugarcane, groundnut, maize, wheat and horsegram.

The land required was about 15 acres. The government lands had been identified for the plants, the sources said.

The assured power was planned in such a way that it would be used only during sunny hours between 1030 hrs to 1630 hrs and it could be utilised for IP sets, flour mills, irrigation and agriculture, the sources added.

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