Indian Navy’s largest solar plant commissioned in Ezhimala

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New Delhi (NVI): The largest Solar Power Plant of the Indian Navy, with a capacity of 3-megawatt (MW) was commissioned yesterday at the Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala, the Indian Navy said.

Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command commissioned the plant through virtual conferencing.

The plant, is in line with the government’s ‘National Solar Mission’ to achieve 100 GW of solar power by 2022, is the largest in the Indian Navy with an estimated life of 25 years, said press release issued by Navy.

All components have been indigeneously sourced, including 9,180 highly efficient monocrystalline solar panels employing the latest technology, it added.

The project has been executed by Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation Ltd (KELTRON).

Despite heavy monsoons and restrictions due to COVID-19, all concerned agencies including Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) continued work on the project adhering to all guidelines and protocols against COVID-19 and executed the work in a timebound manner, the release said.

However, the solar power plant will also help the Ezhimala academy in reducing the carbon footprint and it is one of the many initiatives undertaken by INA towards a clean and green environment. While the surplus power generated will also feed the KSEB electricity grid.

-RJV