To encourage the use of sustainable energy through non-conventional resources, BHEL Haridwar is setting up a 5 MW grid interactive Solar PV power plant near its 132 KV sub-station. General manager (in-charge) HEEP Sanjay Gulati and general manager (in-charge) CFFP Rajiv Mehra performed the ‘Bhoomi Pujan’ of this ambitious project in Haridwar on Monday. After the ritual was over Gulati said that sustainable energy produced from non-conventional resources is the future of power in India.
“Preservation of our environment is the need of the hour and enhanced focus on production of green energy is the best way out. Government of India is also promoting renewable energy infrastructure in the country in a big way,” he said. Mehra said that current scenario in the country is favourable for setting up clean energy projects like solar power plants.
Once commissioned, this plant would generate about 92 lack units of electricity in a year which will meet about 20 percent of electricity demand of HEEP unit of BHEL Hardwar, resulting in a reduction in its annual electricity bill by approximately Rs 4.75 crore, Gulati said. All the major plant equipment like Solar Panels, Power Conditioning Units, Sun trackers and Vacuum Circuit Breakers would be manufactured by various units of BHEL, he added.
In order to maximize power generation, solar panels corresponding to 1.25 MW capacity would be mounted on trackers which would follow the sun throughout the day while another 1.25 MW capacity would have simple East-West trackers and the rest 2.5 MW would have fixed Module Mounting Structures, he further informed.
The company which is presently executing over 180 MW of ground-mounted and rooftop Solar PV projects across the country has enhanced its state-of-the-art manufacturing lines of solar cells to 105 MW and solar modules to 226 MW per annum.