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Nagpur to have Asia's biggest solar thermal power plant

india Updated: Sep 02, 2008 11:14 IST

The second capital of Maharashtra will soon have the privilege of having a 10 mw solar thermal power plant, which will be the biggest such plant in entire Asian continent, thanks to the initiative of union ministry of new and renewable energy.

" The unique 10 mw solar thermal generation facility will also serve the purpose of demonstration for solar energy enthusiasts across the country, being the only plant coming up here," Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Vilas Muttemwar told PTI.

Nagpur has been selected because of high sun radiation besides its central geographical location, the minister said adding the solar energy generated is environmental friendly and free from any polution.

Moreover, there are no transmission and distribution losses unlike the traditional methods of coal-fired energy in most electricity generation units.

The plant load factory is between 80 to 90 per cent of the installed capacity, he said.

" The generated power will be put on the national grid. Its small step but a big leap in solar energy generation world," Muttemwar, the lone congress MP from entire Vidarbha said.

His ministry has approached the Maharashtra government for allotment of a suitable piece of land anywhere here including the area under Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC).