BPSCL is reportedly planning to set up solar park and rooftop solar panels

BPSCL is working on a plan to install a Solar Power park, besides setting up rooftop solar panels in major buildings across the town

Bokaro Power Supply Company Limited (BPSCL) is reportedly gearing up to increase its power production by foraying into solar energy. BPSCL is a joint venture of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) and Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC). According to ET, BPSCL is working on a plan to install a Solar Power park, besides setting up rooftop solar panels in major buildings across the town.

BPSCL recently installed 100 KW rooftop solar PV units over its administrative building inside the plant premises. Aeshwarya S, BPSCL spokesperson speaking to the publication said “We have begun installation of 2MW capacity rooftop solar photovoltaic units (total 39 units) on various buildings, including the Bokaro General Hospital, the administrative building of Bokaro Steel Plant (BSL) and Bokaro Niwas, the guest house of the BSL.” She further added “The BPSCL is the first in this region to set up solar panels in such a large scale. “MECON is the consultant for the solar power project and has been awarded work on turnkey basis at a cost of Rs 8.7 crore by BPSCL.”

 The report states that till 2016, the BPSCL struggled to install a 500 MW power plant at Bathua in the district. It had sought help from the state government for installation of a thermal power unit in 900 acres land provided by the BSL. However after facing opposition from locals, BPSCL dropped the idea to set up thermal plant and ventured to solar energy segment.

Solar power project is expected to be completed in six months. Power generated from this solar plant will be utilized by the BSL.

According to the report BPSCL will also install a greenfield 20M W solar PV project at an estimated cost of Rs 100 crore, for which the BSL will provide land in Bokaro township, it is expected to be completed in two years.

BPSCL is also planning a 200 MW solar park on the land kept for 500 MW thermal power plant at Bathua in the district.

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