Agartala, February 17: Northeast India’s biggest and the first-of-its-kind 5MW capacity solar power plant in Tripura has begun commercial production, an official said on Tuesday.
The state-owned North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) has commissioned the solar power plant at Morchak in western Tripura.
“The solar power plant was set up at a cost of Rs.40 crore. The entire power from the plant would be transmitted to the Tripura power grid,” NEEPCO general mager S.R. Biswas told reporters here.
He said that to generate power, 23,616 solar panels were integrated with the Morchak power project area, where NEEPCO has also commissioned a separate 101-MW capacity power plant.
The official said: “Following the government policy, NEEPCO has initiated the process to set up more and more solar, non-conventiol and renewable power plants in various parts of the country.”
He said the corporation will set up a 50-MW solar power plant in Madhya Pradesh and a two-MW capacity plant at Lanka in gaon district of Assam.
Meanwhile, after overcoming several impediments, the 101MW-capacity power plant is expected to start experimental generation from Friday.
NEEPCO, a mini-rat company under the union power ministry, has set up the Rs.9.5 billion (nearly $150 million) gas-based power plant in Morchak, 70 km south of Tripura capital Agartala and just eight km from the Bangladesh border.
The NEEPCO official said non-supply of gas by ONGC (Oil and tural Gas Corporation) led to huge delay in commissioning the power project resulting in the loss of Rs.five crore a month for the past several years.
“The ONGC, after many negotiations and meetings, started supplying gas to the power plant since earlier this month and, accordingly, we synchronised the system,” Biswas added.
The foundation stone of the Morchak power project was laid during the previous tiol Democratic Alliance government in March 2002 and the Tripura government allotted the required land to NEEPCO in 2003. (IANS)