India Commissions Solar Projects

Two diesel grid interactive solar power projects were commissioned last year at Neil Island, in Andaman, and at the village Khatkar Kalan in Nawanshahar, a district of Punjab.

New Delhi, India, July 15, 2003 [] According to the Government of India Press Information Bureau, the 50 kW grid interactive solar photovoltaic (PV) power project at Neil Island, in the Andaman, and Nicobar Islands pertains to diesel saving application. Installed in April 2002, the project is expected to save thousands of liters of diesel fuel. The 200 kW grid-interactive PV power project at village Khatkar Kalan, which is the native village of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, was installed for voltage support and meeting local lighting loads. The project will provide power to 100 streetlights in the village and on the road leading to the museum in the village. The project was set up at a cost of Rs.4.85 crore (US$ 1,024.027.40) by the Punjab Energy Development Agency. Of this Rs.2.94 crore (US$ 620,750.63) is borne by Ministry of Non-conventional Energy Sources and the balance by Government of Punjab. The President of India, Shri A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, dedicated the project to the nation in March this year. The power-conditioning unit will automatically start up in the morning and shut down at night. A diesel grid interactive PV power project can help in saving diesel in an island or remote location by providing electricity during a sunny day. A grid-interactive PV power project can boost voltage in a rural area and meet partial electrical demand in a village. A typical grid interactive system comprises PV modules, which supply electrical power to the load through a high-quality inverter. The inverter converts direct current generated by PV to grid-quality alternating current. When the PV system produces more power than is needed in the load area, the excess power can be sold to the utility through a net-metering arrangement.