Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) India has proposed to set up solar power plant to produce 500 Megawatt of power in Aruppukottai area of Virudhunagar district soon.
NLC has got the sanction from TANGEDCO for the project. The process of land acquisition is going on and it will take around six months to install the panels and start producing power.
Chief Executive Officer of NLC said that it had aimed at putting up solar power plants to generate 3,000 MW of power in various States. In Tamil Nadu, it has proposed to instal power plants in Neyveli (165 MW) and at Aruppukottai.
The company needs 2,500 acres of land for the 500-MW project. “But, it need not be in a single place and could have smaller parcels of land where the panels could be put up to generate 50 MW to 100 MW of power,” he said.
Mr. Prabhagar said that solar power project is becoming cheaper. “With the Centre having proposed to generate 1 lakh MW of solar power by 2022, it is likely to become more cheaper. Given the limited resource of fossil fuel, solar power is likely to become the order of the day,” he said.
The only handicap with solar power is that it could generate power around 18% of its installed capacity. “The peak generation could be between 9 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. and it depends on the weather condition,” he said.
However, solar would be cheaper as it would have very minimal recurring expenditure for maintenance and running.