The Chief Minister of Punjab and New and Renewable Energy Resources Minister Bikram Singh Majithia inaugurated world’s largest single roof top solar power plant, which has the capacity of 11.5 MW and have the cost of Rs 139 crores. The plant was built by Radha Saomi Satsang Beas (RSSB).
The plant is world’s largest sigle rooftop solar power plant. The plant will generate about 150 lakh units of power annually and is expected to offset 19,000 tonnes of carbon emissions.
In addition to this, seven other solar plants of 8 MW each were also inaugurated, thus making the Beas Dera campus the only campus generating solar power of 19.5 MW at multiple rooftops in the country. The project will generate 27 million units of electricity per annum, enough to cater to the electricity needs of approximately 8,000 households.
The first phase (7.5 MW) of this project was allotted in September 2013 and synchronised with the grid in April 2014. Later, the second phase (12 MW) was allotted in February 2015 and synchronised in December 2015.
Majithia said, “Recognizing the immense contributions of Punjab to tap the power potential from solar energy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi awarded Punjab for being one of the best performing states for capacity addition of solar energy during Re-Invest-2015.”
The minister said that the state also won another award instituted by the Ministry of Renewable Energy for outstanding performance during 2014-15 for achieving highest grid connected solar rooftop power capacity addition in the country.
The state was also bestowed with “Shreshtha Rashtriya Sourya Urja Rajya Puraskaar” in 2015 by Renewable Energy Promotion Association of India.
In 2012 Punjab had only 9MW solar power capacity. Currently, Punjab is generating 470 MW of solar power and another project of 500 MW is still in the pipeline. The state government is hopeful to achieve 1080 MW by the end of this year and by the year 2022, it will achieve its target of 2552 MW.