The solar plant covers a total roof area of 65,000 sq metres
GN Bureau | January 4, 2018
GAIL (India) Limited commissioned India’s second largest rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant at its Petrochemical Complex at Pata, Uttar Pradesh.
The 5.76 mega watt peak (MWp) solar plant is spread over the roofs of warehouses covering a total roof area of 65,000 square meters. With an expected plant load factor of around 15 percent annually over 79 lakh KWh of electricity is targeted to be generated for captive use of India’s largest gas based petrochemicals plant, said a press release.
BC Tripathi, CMD of GAIL, said, “GAIL as a marketer of benign natural gas and is thrilled to integrate captive solar PV towards achieving lower carbon footprint at our major installation.”
Captive solar photovoltaic initiative of GAIL shall help India achieve climate goals under COP21. GAIL’s solar rooftop project is also a step under ‘Make in India’ with Indian vendors entrusted for manufacture, supply and execution.
This piece is based on a previous article by the authors published in Geoforum [Elsevier] in May 2019: available online: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/ S0016718519300764?via%3Dihub
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