Bangalore, India [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Conergy AG has erected one of the largest photovoltaic plants in India. With the 3-megawatt (MW) plant, Conergy will contribute to the power supply of the local rural population around the city of Itnal situated in the province of Karnataka. Built on 17.3 acres, 13,000 solar modules supply over 4,000 megawatt hours of clean energy into the local grid.
“With the KPCL photovoltaic plant we are continuing our growth story in Asia. For the ambitious, Indian solar energy market the plant is a genuine milestone that shows the degree to which the market has matured in the meantime. Where before only island solutions were possible, now the first large projects are making their arrival and are bringing light into the houses and water to the fields,” said Marc Lohoff head of Conergy Asia.
As in many remote regions, the power supply in Itnal was very limited in the past. Only 120 households on site even had access to electricity. Power blackouts were commonplace and residents were only able to operate the irrigation pumps for their fields and gardens at most three to four hours a day. With the erection of the power plant, now over 80% of the residents in and around Itnal have access to reliable and affordable energy – not just in their households but above all on their farms.