Sakri Solar Power Plant under construction at Shivajinagar in
Sakri Taluka some 70 kms from this tribal district headquarter in
North Maharashtra, is almost ready for production in part
though it will take another two weeks to run to its full capacity,
a Maharashtra State Power Generation Company (MahaGenco) official
Once start generating electricity to
its full capacity of 150MW, the Sakri Solar Power Plant can be
billed as world’s largest solar power plant.
President of the United Arab
Emirates (UAE) Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed had launched on Sunday
‘Shams 1 Solar Power Plant’ with a capacity of 100MW in Abu Dhabi.
It was claimed that Shams 1 is the
world's largest working plant using concentrated solar power.
"The entire solar photovoltaic power
project in Sakri has a capacity to generate 150MW of electricity.
This is the maximum production at one place in the world", the
official said while talking to ummid.com.
“More than 95% work of the plant has
been completed and it will start production by generating 50MW of
electricity on March 25. Production of another 100MW of
electricity will start maximum in two weeks time”, the MahaGenco
The project is implemented with dual
technology, with 100MW power to be generated based on Crystalline
Technology using photovoltaic cells, whereas 50 MW of electricity
would be generated using Thin Film solar cells.
"However, the Thin Film technology
has the demerit that it fails when the atmosphere is too much
cloudy. They also fail during night", the official said.
The distinguishing feature of Abu
Dhabi's Shams 1 is to generate electricity in night. This plant
also relies on a small amount of natural gas to boost its
efficiency during the day.
In other parts of India, Rajasthan
and Gujarat are the only two states where solar energy is
generated in a huge quantity.
“But, the plants in these two states
are scattered at different places. The main feature of the Sakri
plant is that it has a capacity to generate 150MW of electricity
at a single place”, the official said adding that Sakri was chosen
as the place for the purpose since it gets as much sunshine as
Barmer in Rajasthan.
The solar photovoltaic power project
in Sakri built at the cost of Rs.1642.50 crore is constructed on
381.56 hectares of land, and in three different blocks of 161, 171
and 42 hectares of land with 07.56 hectares of land being reserved
for Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co Ltd (MSEDCL).
The project to be completed in partnership with Germany was
sanctioned by the state government in the 2010/11 budget, and was
supposed to be commissioned in December 2012. It however got
delayed because the land identified for the purpose belonged to
the Forest Department and it took more than a year for the
MahaGenco to get possession of the land.
MahaGenco also had to face strong
resistance from local residents who were initially opposed to the
“However, when we explained the
benefits of the project, they agreed and even supported us in
completing the project in record time”, the official said.