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Friday March 22, 2013 03:23:42 PM, Staff Reporter

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Dhule: 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 said Thursday.


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


“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 official said.


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 project.


“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.




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