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Hindustan Power commissions 30 MW solar farm in Punjab

Economic Times:  April, 2016

Chandigarh: The clean energy arm of Hindustan Power on Tuesday commissioned a 30 MW solar farm in Mansa district of Punjab which can help light up 24,000 homes.

The mid-sized, grid-connected solar farm, set up with an investment of Rs 200 crore, will tap the solar energy potential of the state—estimated at 4-7 KWH/sqmtr of solar insolation levels—and enable it to achieve its renewable purchase obligation (RPO) obligation.

The project will feed 50 million units of clean energy annually to the 66 KV grid and will be enough to meet the energy needs of 24,000 households every day, " Hindustan Power chairman Ratul Puri said.

"India has embarked on its target to achieve 175 GW by 2022 in the right earnest, and commissioning of this 30 MW is another significant step in this direction," Puri said. "Our experience of working in Punjab has been very good thanks to the proactive support and vision of the local authorities."

Situated in the cotton farming region of Punjab, the solar farm is part of an effort by the state government to promote clean energy and turn farmers into green energy entrepreneurs. The power purchase agreement (PPA) for the project has been signed with Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL).

The clean energy arm of the company is the largest solar farm developer in India, generating carbon savings of approx 720,000 tonnes per year.

"Considering the rough terrain, the commissioning would not have been possible without the partnership attitude of the local community. Our design and engineering team have designed the farm to leverage the irradiance the area receives and help address the RPO target of the state," said Rajya Ghei, CEO, domestic solar vertical, Hindustan Power.