A solar power plant has been commissioned in a thermal power station in Haryana and is augmenting its power generation, officials said on Wednesday. The Haryana Power Generation Corporation Ltd (HPGCL) has commissioned the first 10MW solar power plant at Panipat Thermal Power Station, said HPGCL Managing Director M.K.V. Rama Rao. “On the first day, the solar plant generated and supplied about 10,000 units of electricity to the grid,” he said, adding that the Rs 57.67 crore solar power plant was commissioned 36 days ahead of schedule. He said that the use of renewable energy had become imperative considering the long-term and short-term harmful effects of conventional power project on environment and human beings.
“Sun radiation is available in abundance in India and with the use of photovoltaic technology, the impact on environment is minimal. The energy generated from Solar Power Plant is with minimum impact and it reduces the carbon footprint,” Rao said. Rao also said the project is expected to generate about 17 million units of electricity per annum. The tariff of electricity generated from the project would be Rs 4.88 per unit, which is the most competitive tariff without taking benefit of Viability Gap Funding (VGF), he added. Rao said that the HGPCL had identified a total potential of setting up of ground mounted, rooftop, canal top and floating type solar power plants of 133MW capacity, on the sites available at its power stations at Panipat, Yamunanagar, Hisar and Faridabad and the “pre-project activities for setting up solar power projects have already been started”.