Oriana Power secures 25 MWp agrivoltaic project under group net metering in Delhi

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Oriana Power announced today it has secured the order to set up a 25 MWp agrivoltaic plant for offtake by a real estate developer under Group Net Metering (GNM) Policy in Delhi.

This project is set to become the largest agrivoltaic installation in India, combining solar power generation with large-scale farming. This project is purportedly the single largest GNM initiative in India and the first of its kind in Delhi, a region known for its land constraints.

Agrivoltaics combines agriculture and solar power production on the same unit of land, leading to increased land-use efficiency and helping to mitigate land-use conflicts.

In group net metering, surplus energy generated/injected from a renewable energy system is exported to the grid through net meter and the exported energy is adjusted in more than one electricity service connections of the same consumer located within the same distribution licensee’s area of supply.

Oriana’s scope of work in the 25 MWp agrivoltaic project also includes the construction of a 10 km underground transmission line (double-circuit) and the establishment of a 66 kV substation to cater to three GNM users, ensuring efficient power distribution and management.

Oriana stated that solar panels will be installed on raised structures with walkways for cleaning, allowing for clear and uninterrupted farming activities underneath. This design ensures optimal land use and agricultural productivity.

“Despite the scarcity of land in Delhi, we have successfully acquired the necessary land and will utilize it to its maximum potential by integrating agriculture with solar power generation,” stated the company.

“Our project supports one of the largest real estate developers in their journey towards decarbonization, playing a crucial role in reducing urban carbon footprints.”

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