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BHEL to set up a 3 MW solar plant at Yapalaniddi for KPCL

Karnataka Power Corp Ltd has awarded the EPC contract to BHEL for the upcoming 3 MW solar power plant at Yapalaniddi in Raichur district of Karnataka. The contract is worth of Rs.420 million and is likely to be commissioned by end of 2010. It may be noted, BHEL has recently commissioned interactive solar plant of 2x 100 kw at Lakshwadeep recently. It has already up other 11 units totalling 1 MW of solar power plant there.

Karnataka government plans to power its villages by solar power

Karnataka government is planning to launch a solar technology programme to in 3900 villages (to be selected by the order of backwardness) to power villages. It is estimated to meet the energy needs of 5.0 million people. Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd has invited bids (tenders) from solar technology companies to design, finance and maintain solar/hybrid power plants. The programme will be made viable by collecting user fee. The power stations will power street lights, water lifting, desalination and water purification plants and may also suppy solar power to local cottage industries.

Karnataka govt. to set up its first solar project

KPCL, a state owned enterprise is planning to set its first solar plant, a 3 MW solar photo-voltaic plant in Yelesandra village in Bangarupet taluka in Kolar district. This will be a pilot project while the next ones are planned at Shikaripur taluk in Shimoga district and in Itnal village in Chikodi taluk of Belgaum district. These projects will supply 3 MW during day time (i.e, 11 am to 5 pm) to state grid, which will be helpful to meet the irrigation power supply demand. Tenders for the project has been invited and among applicants include BHEL, Tata BP Solar, Zecon Solar of USA, Sun Technics etc., These project are expected to be commissioned by November 2009. Total investment is around Rs.2250 million.

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