Sleepy Rangrik village of Spiti valley in tribal Lahaul-Spiti district is set to have first-of-its-kind 2.5 MW solar wind hybrid power project in the country that would benefit about 12,000 residents of Rangrik, Kaza, Tabo, Losar, Pin valley and other nearby areas. Completion target for project has been set between September and October next year.
Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), ministry of new & renewable energy, and the remaining half by the Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Limited (HPSEBL).The project, first of its kind in the country, will synchronize solar, wind and hydroelectric project with grid supply with the help of large energy storage system and will generate 4.41 million units annually. To form a new joint venture corporation JVC named as Himachal Pradesh Solar Power Corporation Limited for the implementation of solar power project in the state, an agreement was signed between HPSEBL and SECI in Shimla on Wednesday.
The agreement was signed by HPSEBL managing director P C Negi on behalf of the state government and SECI managing director Ashwani Kumaron on behalf of the Central government in the presence of Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh.On the occasion the CM said that the project, apart from hydel power generation in the state, would add to the additional power and open up more avenues in solar and wind power sector in times to come.The project is expected to generate approximately 4.41 million units annually, constituting 3.32 million units by PV modules and 1.09 million units by wind turbines, and can also supply power from back up battery in the absence of grid supply.Apart from this project, setting up solar parks, solar power and other projects in the renewable sector, as may be feasible, shall also be set up in other parts of the state.During winters residents of Spiti valley largely depend on power supplied from Kinnaur as the lone small hydro power project at Rangrik is under repair. “Once the solar wind hybrid power project is commissioned, the residents will have regular power supply especially during harsh winters,” said Cheering Dorje, a resident of Kaza town.