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India's first grid connected solar farm

PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 6:14 am
by Michael
Here's a good use for a coal fired power plant:

Dishergarh Power Supply (DPSC) started operations at the first solar farm plant to be connected to the electric grid in India.

The 2-megawatt solar farm in West Bengal, was constructed where an abandoned 6-MW coal-based thermal power plant once stood. DPSC has installed 9,000 230-watt crystalline solar modules on the 8 acre site.

Hopefully we'll see more of this kind of thing happening :)

Re: India's first grid connected solar farm

PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 9:43 am
by Radical Larry
Was wondering if I could find any info about whether any existing equipment from the coal station was reused, didn't find much but here's a couple of links:

From the second one:

Built on the DPSC land, the net capital expenditure of the project is Rs 34-35 crore. With the expected average revenue of Rs 4.8 crore per annum, an additional 97 paisa/unit can be earned by WBGEDC via the carbon credits sales accrued by this initiative.

Seven-eight year pay back period sounds pretty good. Anyone know how this compares to your average coal/gas station?