The Indian Navy’s largest solar power plant has been commissioned at Ezhimala, in Kannur district of Kerala. Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla launched plant operations via virtual conferencing.
The solar plant has an estimated life of 25 years. All components have been indigenously developed, including 9180 highly efficient monocrystalline solar panels employing the latest technology.
The project was executed by Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation Ltd (KELTRON).
“Despite heavy monsoons and restrictions due to Covid-19, all concerned agencies including Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) continued work on the project adhering to all guidelines/protocols against Covid-19 and executed the work in a timebound manner,” read a statement by the Ministry of Defense.
“The solar power plant project will help Naval Station Ezhimala reduce the carbon footprint and is one of the many initiatives undertaken by INA towards a clean and green environment. Surplus power generated will also feed the KSEB electricity grid.”
2 MW at Maharashtra Naval Station
Earlier this month, another 2 MW solar power plant was inaugurated at Naval Station Karanja in Uran city of Maharashtra.
Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar e-inaugurated this plant of the Western Naval Command.
“The plant comprises indigenously developed solar panels, tracking tables and inverters. The plant is grid interconnected, utilizing state-of-the-art single-axis sun-tracking technology with computerized monitoring and control,” read a statement by the Ministry of Defence.