Power Engineering Chemtrols Solar Unveils India’s First MW Scale PV-Diesel Hybrid Solar Plant

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Chemtrols Solar has unveiled India’s First MW Scale PV-Diesel Hybrid Solar Power plant in Tirupur, Tamil Nadu. A Spinning Mill in Tirupur District of Tamil Nadu has the distinction of having a MegaWatt(MW) Scale, Roof Mounted, Grid-Connected Solar power plant with unique DG synchronization capabilities, the first of its kind in India, and only the second in the World.

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Implementation at Tirupur, TM 1
Implementation at Tirupur, TM 1
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Mumbai/India – The 1 MW Solar plant installed on the sloping roof of Alpine Knits (India) Private Limited at Palladam in Tirupur is designed, engineered and constructed on a turnkey basis by Chemtrols Solar. The Rooftop Solar plant synchronizes with the incoming 11KV utility grid and provides energy to the spinning mill for captive consumption during daytime. Importantly, even when the utility grid is not available during frequent power cuts, this solar plant has the capability to synchronize with the in-house 1.25MVA Diesel Generator to provide up to 65 per cent of the energy required by the Alpine Knits factory, thanks to the recent ‘Fuel Saver’ technology developed by SMA Solar Technology AG of Germany, the global market leader in the field of Solar Inverters and related technologies.

During grid failure period when the DG set is put into operation, the ‘Fuel Saver’ device constantly monitors the DG set electrical parameters, the available load at the factory and optimizes the Solar Power Plant output to provide substantial fuel (diesel) saving at any point in time. The Fuel Saver also provides protection to the DG Set and to the Solar Power Plant against reverse power as both are power generating devices.

Alpine Knits not only saves diesel but also earns RECs (Renewable Energy Certificates) that can be traded at the designated Power Exchanges in Delhi or Mumbai within a price band of Rs 9300 to 13400 per REC, the price band mandated by CERC until March 2017. Alpine shall get one REC for every 1000 units (KWH) of electricity produced by the Solar Power plant, the sale of which is estimated to result in an additional revenue of about Rs 2crores per year.

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