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Sitharaman unveils BEL’s 16 MW solar power plant

The plant is expected give annual savings of Rs 45.41 million

GN Bureau | June 13, 2018


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 A 16 MW grid-connected solar power plant set up by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) was unveiled by defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman at Heavy Vehicle Factory (HVF) in Avadi on June 8.

 
BEL is establishing energy security for the ordnance factory estates under the Viability Gap Funding (VGF) scheme by setting up utility scale grid-connected solar power plants. As part of this, a 16 MW (AC) power plant, developed in 80 acres of land, has been set up at a cost of Rs 105 crore at Avadi in Chennai. The plant will inject power at 110 kV to TANTRANSCO’s 110 kV sub-station.
 
The project undertaken by BEL is generating employment for professional, skilled and unskilled labor. Various kinds of maintenance work will also generate employment opportunities for the local population on a regular basis. The solar power plant will lead to reduction of SO2, NO2 and particulate matter (pm) emissions resulting in improvement in air quality and human health.

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