India launches its largest grid connected PV power project

The plant is located in the village of Yelesandra in the Karnataka state of southern India and is set across 15 acres of land. It cost INR595 million (around €10 million) and is comprised of 13,300 modules, each of which has a 230 Wp capacity. The Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL), a state government owned electric utility, set the project up.

Work for the plant commenced last March 2009 and was completed in December: it has since been supplying energy to India’s national grid. The generated energy will provide enough power during the day for 500 agriculture pump-sets of 10 horsepower (HP) each.

The project is benefiting about 1,000 farmers for irrigating the fields. On a normal sunny day the system generates 12,000 to 15,000 kWh per day; during the monsoon season (June-July), the generation will be between 4,000 to 5,000 kWh per day. Annually, the plant is estimated to generate four million kWh of power.

The state has already commissioned a similar one MW power project in the Belgaum district in the northern part of Karnataka state for supplying energy to operate agricultural pumpsets. KPCL is planning to set up 100 MW of solar power projects as joint ventures with the private sector in future.