JSPL Commissions Largest 3.25 MWp Integrated Solar Roof Outside China in Odisha Plant

JSPL Commissions Largest 3.25 MWp Integrated Solar Roof Outside China in Odisha Plant

Jindal Steel & Power Ltd has announced the commissioning of the western world’s largest Building Integrated Solar InRoof project with an installed capacity of 3.25 MWp spread across an area of 2,00,000sq.ft.

The project built by SG Ornate Solar Solutions (The joint venture of APL Apollo Tubes & Ornate Solar) – will generate over 100 million units of electricity over the expected life of the project, contributing to offsetting 4,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually. For Ornate, the latest install trumps their own previous record holder, the 530 kW system they installed in Rajasthan earlier in 2022.

Installed above the SSD-5 steel cold forming unit of Jindal Steel & Power at Angul, Odisha the InRoof Solar plant eliminates the need for underlying metal sheets, using the patented interlocking mechanism developed by the Engineering team of Ornate Solar. The design guarantees waterproofing through its inherent structure, using surface-component structures for drainage.

The double layered protection system comprises of upper rail support components which are secured by side pressure blocks and middle pressure blocks, with aluminum alloy cover plates placed between component connections and EPDM membrane strips installed along the perpendicular length of the Solar panels to prevent water ingress.

JSPL PV InRoof at Angul, Odisha

An Inside View of the InRoof Installation

Horizontal gutters are being used on the lower level to direct excess water into the main gutter, which then guides the surplus rainwater to the drainage gutter. This multi-structural approach effectively addresses leakage concerns and achieves comprehensive waterproofing.

The InRoof structural system can be deployed for system installations as small as 10 kW all the way up to 10,000 kW using modular assembly techniques with specially developed tools that allow 25,000 sq ft. on average to be installed in just 7-10 days.

Chairman of Jindal Steel & Power Ltd, Naveen Jindal said “I feel immensely proud to share the latest addition to JSP’s significant strides towards sustainability! India’s largest single-roof conventional & single-roof integrated solar plants are now operational at our Angul facility. These innovative facilities mark a significant leap towards our commitment to cleaner energy solutions. As we look ahead, we must continue to invest in renewable energy infrastructure at a global scale.”

Ornate Solar’s Chief Operating Officer, Arvind Jain stated, “This is a landmark project for us having been commissioned in less than 120 days from the date of award. It highlights the growing acceptance of Building Integrated Solar solutions by large corporations who are not only looking to reduce their carbon footprint but who also want to showcase their commitment to sustainability & innovation.”

The project sets a high benchmark for larger adoption of BIPV in India by other corporates, especially in locations where ground mounted plants is not an option, be it urban India or even semi-urban locations.

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Tony Cheu

Tony is a BSc who has shifted from a career in finance to journalism recently. Passionate about the energy transition, he is particularly keen on the moves being made in the OECD countries to contribute to the energy transition.