Maha govt to set up three solar plants

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The Maharashtra government is scouting land in Marathwada region to set up three solar energy plants as part of its efforts to augment electricity generation in the state.

Sources in the state energy department said three plants of 50 MW each would be set up in Osmanabad and Parbhani. “We need at least 100 hectares of land and are looking for it for setting up two plants in Parbhani and one in Osmanabad. The electricity generated will go to the grid,” sources said.

The government has zeroed in on the sites for setting up of plants and is currently verifying technical details, sources added. “This process will be completed in June after which the details will be made public. It is expected that the plants would come up in a year’s time,” sources said.

The three units will be set up using two kinds of solar plant technology – Thin film and Crystalline. Considering the need to reduce the electricity shortfall to meet the December 2012 deadline of zero load shedding in the state, the government is planning to use non-conventional energy resources to improve electricity generation.

According to sources, once the plant site is finalised, the project can come up in six months and Mahagenco can start the generation. The solar energy will cost Rs 7-Rs 8 per unit.

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