KSEB commissions 1.25 MW solar power project at Edayar

The successful commissioning of Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) in generating enough solar power to operate the airport, the Kerala State Electricity Board’s (KSEB) solar power project on the campus of the 110 KV substation at Edayar is in the verge of scripting a new saga.

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy

Edayar’s 1.25 MW solar power project is amongst the KSEB’s first such project in the district. In early September 2016, Power Minister Kadakampally Surendran launched the Edayar solar project.

According to the officials of the substation, the solar panels are able to generate 6000 units of electricity daily, even during the adverse climatic conditions of September, when the sky remained overcast most of the time.

M P Mathukutty, Assistant Engineer, 110KV substation, Edayar stated that “The solar panels have been set up on nearly six acres of land. It is comparatively a smaller unit as compared to the one at CIAL. We have nearly 5000 panels, two transformers, two inverters and related infrastructure here. Even under the present climatic conditions, we are generating nearly 6,000 units daily. We hope that in the coming months and during summer, the production will likely go up.”

Edayar substation delivers power to the nearby industrial belt. The total power requirement of the area is 45 MW. The power generated by the solar panels is directly boosted to the transformer which will indeed help in reducing the load. The energy thus saved by reducing the load can be supplied to the other consumers as well.

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has lent support for the setup of Edayar’s 1.25 MW solar power project, with an estimated cost of eight crore. Also, the success of Edayar project has prompted the KSEB to start its second project near Muvattupuzha substation.

Source: Indian Express

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