Mumbai, India, May 18, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Welspun Renewables Energy Private Limited (WREPL), India’s leading renewable energy generator commissions Karanataka state’s largest solar project with a capacity of 19 MW (DC) implemented as two projects of 8 MW (DC) and 11 MW (DC). Based in Chitradurga district the project was awarded in phase 1 and phase 2 bidding based on Karnataka solar policy. The 8 MW (DC) capacity was commissioned last year – about two months ahead of schedule, while the balance 11 MW (DC) capacity has now been commissioned in less than three months from signing of PPA in January 20th 2014 and about 10 months ahead of schedule.
Out of 80 MW awarded in phase 1 of bidding, only two developers have commissioned their projects and is considered as a significant achievement by the Industry. While, in the 2nd phase of bids, out of 13 developers to whom the state had issued an LOI - WREPL’s 11 MW (DC) project is first to be commissioned! . The performance of these two projects is currently among the top performing plants in the country.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Vineet Mittal, Vice Chairman, Welspun Renewables Energy Pvt. Ltd. said, “We are committed to Karnataka’s energy security targets. WREPL would like to work with the state in strengthening its green energy revolution by commissioning mega capacities. As with our projects before, we have commissioned our 19 MW (DC) capacity much ahead of scheduled date; thereby fulfilling on our commitment to deliver environment friendly & efficient energy in the shortest possible time into the Karnataka state grid.”
The projects achieved full load within a week and performing exceedingly well. It is already touching high performance standard (CUF%) of 27%. A statement of implementation of solar projects in the last 2 rounds would have helped to project us way ahead compared to others.
Karnataka is an energy deficit state and has been reeling under power cuts constantly. With this project in Chitradurga we will be able to help the state overcome its summer power requirement. For the next 25 years, the project will be annually feeding 30,724,000 units of clean emission free energy into the state grid. This is equivalent to powering 48,000 homes and mitigating 23,043 tones of CO2 emissions.
The tracking system deployed at the site would track the path of the sun from morning till evening. This system is expected to give a significant boost to power generation percentage in comparison to the fixed tilt system.
The solar installation has been developed by Welspun Renewables Energy’s step down subsidiary Welspun Solar Kannada Pvt. Ltd. under the Karnataka Solar policy 2011-16. As per the PPA signed with Mangalore Electric Supply Company (MESCOM), the power plant was scheduled to begin commercial operations only by March 2014. 11 MW (DC) was to be commissioned before 20-Jan-2015.
Welspun Renewables Energy has commissioned 328 MW (DC) and over 723.5 MW capacity is under construction. The organization envisions developing power projects pan India, with existing projects located in high radiation zones like Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Punjab.