VP Naidu Inaugurates Amp Energy’s 2.4MW Solar Plant in Puducherry

Amp Energy India has commissioned a 2.4 MW solar power plant at Pondicherry University in the Union Territory of Puducherry.

The plant was inaugurated by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on 13th September, 2021, in the presence of the Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan, Lt Governor of Puducherry & Chief Rector of Pondicherry University; N Rangasamy, Chief Minister of Puducherry; and Prof. Gurmeet Singh, Vice Chancellor of Pondicherry University.

The 2.4 MW solar project is one of the largest solar power plants for a central university in India and is spread over 15 buildings, 2 car parks and 2 land parcels in the university campus. The plant is instrumental is supplying solar energy to meet about 40% requirement of the university’s energy needs.

By adopting solar power, Pondicherry University will benefit from reduced energy costs and will contribute to reducing emissions of approx. 2,900 tons of CO2 every year.

This project has been developed under the 97.5MW rooftop scheme by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). Pondicherry University and Amp Energy India have signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) under this scheme for the procurement of solar power for 25 years.

This project is one of the many solar projects developed by Amp Energy India for educational institutions in India. Amp India has commissioned solar projects for School of Planning and Architecture, National Law University, Bhopal and Atal Bihari Vajpayee Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior among others.

“Amp’s `solar project for PondicherryUniversity is one of the leading projects for a central university in India. We believe public universities can play a key role in providing a critical voice by adopting renewableenergyto reduce carbon emissions which is a step in the right direction. We would like to thank MNRE, SECI for creating such opportunities and Pondicherry University for their progressive outlook towards renewable energy adoption,” Mr. Pinaki Bhattacharyya, MD and CEO, Amp Energy India said.

Amp Energy India with its diversified portfolio of projects has developed large rooftop projects including some landmark solar rooftop projects for L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad Ltd (7.8MW), Tata Hitachi Construction Machinery (10.5MW) and the largest solar rooftop for an industrial customer for Skoda Auto Volkswagen India (18.5MW), said the company.

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Soumya Duggal

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