On Tuesday a new 30-megawatt solar facility has been commissioned in India. The facility is expected to power up more than 14,000 houses.Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd (TREPL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Indian company Tata Power, developed the plant in Palaswade, Maharashtra.
“The new plant uses crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules which are domestically produced,” said Tata Power. Photovoltaic refers to the process of converting light from the sun into electricity.Taking space of around 140 acres the facility will generate more than 62 million kilowatt hours per year.TPREL chief executive Rahul Shah was elated and said that commissioning of the facility is a milestone in their drive to “Grow our portfolio of clean and renewable energy generation.”
In October, there was an analysis and forecast from the International Energy Agency (IEA) which reported that the new solar photovoltaic capacity has increased by 50 percent since 2016.The rate of addition of solar PV surpassed any other fuel and even the net growth in coal, added IEA in its analysis.“What we are witnessing is the birth of a new era in solar PV,” said IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol on this account.