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High solar energy cost won't impact bills: Experts

The solar power generated at the world’s largest single site solar energy farm to come up in Dhule district by 2012, will be sold at a rate of Rs17.91 per unit to Mahavitaran and Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport undertaking.

mumbai Updated: May 21, 2011 01:54 IST
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The solar power generated at the world’s largest single site solar energy farm to come up in Dhule district by 2012, will be sold at a rate of Rs17.91 per unit to Mahavitaran and Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport undertaking.

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission has approved the power purchase agreements. “Mahagenco, the state’s power generation company, will be able to produce solar power at the rate of Rs12 per unit and make a profit of more than Rs5 per unit,” said chief minister Prithviraj Chavan.

Experts said the high costs would not impact bills because the quantum of solar energy is very low. The photovoltaic solar farm will produce 100 MW using the crystalline technology in which a highly purified form of polysilicon is converted through a series of processes into a small solar cell capable of converting solar energy into electrical energy. The rest will come through the thin film method that is a solar cell made by depositing one or more thin layers (thin film) of photovoltaic material on a substrate (a semiconductor material).

“This is accordance with the policy of developing renewable energy sources because resources like coal are fast depleting and there are constraints with developing hydro-power projects,” Chavan said.