Mar-Apr 2017



Rajasthan Solar Processing Zone

An initiative to showcase upcoming technologies in solar power generation, this solar farm is being promoted by a developer using a model of development that brings together multiple investors on one land. The developer is in effect selling serviced plots; providing cleaning, repair and maintenance services; metering and pooling of electricity; its transmission to the state grid; and disbursement of payment from the state grid to the individual plot owners.

There is no storage; the electricity shall be sent to the grid located 23 kilometres away (finally blending with the national grid). The peak potential production is 100 MW, or given a sunny year, 160,000 MWh/year (1,600 hours x 100 MW). In connected load terms, given many houses in India have a 3-kW connection, 100 MW would serve 30,000 houses. Assuming that Indian residents consume about 3 kWh/person per day, this energy would allow 150,000 people to live a net-zero lifestyle, which again translates to about 30,000 homes (or 10 times more if there is a 10-percent blend of renewable energy).

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