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Nagpur to have Asia’s biggest solar thermal power plant

Nagpur to have Asia’s biggest solar thermal power plant
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First Published: Tue, Sep 02 2008. 11 41 AM IST
Updated: Tue, Sep 02 2008. 11 41 AM IST
Nagpur: Asia’s biggest solar thermal power plant will be set up in Nagpur to generate 10 MW electricity for the national grid.
“The generated power will be put on the national grid. It is a small step but a big leap for solar energy generation,” Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Vilas Muttemwar said.
“The unique 10 MW solar thermal generation facility will serve the purpose of demonstration for solar energy enthusiasts across the country,” he told PTI here.
Nagpur has been selected because of high sun radiation besides its central geographical location, the minister said adding solar energy is environment friendly and pollution free.
“Besides, the plant load factor is between 80% to 90% of the installed capacity,” he added.
Moreover, there are no transmission and distribution losses in generation of solar energy unlike in thermal power generation.
Muttemwar said that his ministry has approached the Maharashtra government for allotment of land, so that the process of setting up the plant could start.
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First Published: Tue, Sep 02 2008. 11 41 AM IST
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