Tangedo to take its stake on solar:

The Centre has given its nod to Tangedco to set up a 500MW solar park in Ramanathapuram district.This could well be the first such park to be set up by a government-owned power distribution company in the country.

The state government had announced on the floor of the assembly earlier this year that a solar park would be set up in Ramanathapuram district.

“Following the government announcement, we approached the Centre seeking permission to set up a solar park as it entails subsidy from the Centre. Any solar park will have to have a minimum of 500MW capacity. As we fulfil the basic criteria, the Centre has given its approval,” a senior Tangedco official told TOI.

Under the scheme, for every MW of solar power generation capacity set up within the park, Rs 20 lakh can be availed as subsidy. “The subsidy will be used to improve infrastructure like roads to the project site, set up a sub-station and transmission lines to evacuate the power generated by the park,” he said.

The proposed solar park will be set up at Naripaiyur village in Kadaladi, a coastal town in Ramanathapuram district.
“We had planned a thermal plant in Kadaladi, where we have acquired enough land. We need 1,500 acres for the solar park and most of it has been acquired.
Apart from Tangedco setting up 500MW, the solar park can be extended to accommodate private companies,” the official said.

The plant is expected to be commissioned in 2019. With the proposed project, the total solar power generation in Ramanathapuram will cross 3,000MW. “Already we have Adani’s solar power plant with a total capacity of 648MW in Kamudhi.
This year’s solar power auction will add another 1,500MW and NLC and a few others are also setting up new solar plants,” he said.
Ramanthapuram, Sivaganga and Tuticorin are the three districts with maximum solar radiation in Tamil Nadu. “As per Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA), Ramanathapuram has 5.67 Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI) and due to this the plant load factor (PLF) is high,” the official said.
While Tamil Nadu Energy Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has fixed 19% as the PLF per MW, in Ramanathapuram it is 22% and all the solar power units in the district are seeking relaxation of TNERC norms.

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