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Jamuria 2 MW solar plant is commissioned in West Bengal

West Bengal has commissioned the 2 MW India’s largest grid connected solar power plant in India at Jamuria, near Asansol. The project had been set up under West Bengal Green Energy Development Corporation Ltd and the power purchase agreement had been signed with DPSC Ltd at a price of Rs.5/- per unit. The project had entailed an investment of Rs.360 million and is funded by Power Finance Corp with a debt:equity ratio of 70:30

Astonfield Renewable Sources setting up country’s first 5 MW solar plant

Astonfield Renewable Sources Ltd is setting up a 5 MW solar photo-voltaic plant in Bankura district of West Bengal with an investment of $20 million. The plant is expected to be commissioned by December 09 and the power-purchase agreement has also been signed with WBSEB. With similar Astonfield projects, govt. can well achieve its target of 50  generation from solar power by 11th Five Year Plan



WBGECL is looking for nano solar cell technology projects

West Bengal Green Energy Corp Ltd (WBGECL) is keen to set up projects with nano technology photo-voltaic cell projects (third generation solar power technology mainly used in USA, Japan and Germany) and related R&D into the state. The nano PV cells are most efficient and reduce overall cost of power production. Current power generation from crystalline PV solar cell costs Rs. 160 million to a MW while nano PV solar cells will cost Rs.120 million per MW thereby saving  costs in the long run.  WBGECL has also recently signed an agreement with universities to understand this technology by training up scientists at lab level before hoping for commercialisation by 2010.

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