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Updated January 8th, 2024 at 08:28 IST

Clean & Green Ayodhya! Temple town to emerge as model in clean energy production | Know how

Ahead of the grand Ram Temple inauguration on January 22, Ayodhya took a giant leap towards clean energy solutions to address its energy requirements.

Ronit Singh
Ayodhya to emerge as model in clean energy production
Ayodhya to emerge as model in clean energy production | Image:PTI
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Uttar Pradesh: Ahead of the grand Ram Temple inauguration on January 22, Ayodhya took a giant leap towards clean energy solutions to address its energy requirements. The solar power plant designed to generate 40 MW of electricity in Majha Rampur Halwara village of Navya Ayodhya has reached the final phase of completion. 

In line with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's vision to harness solar energy for power generation, the solar power plant is currently under development and operation, spanning 165 acres for Rs 200 crore.

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Notably, the ‘Vision 2047’ plan placed significant emphasis on solar energy within Ayodhya's comprehensive development plan. Consequently, the establishment of this solar power plant is poised to play a pivotal role in steering Ayodhya towards becoming a city powered by solar energy.

For the establishment of this plant, the district administration has provided land on a 30-year lease to the Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) at the rate of Rs 1 per acre per year. UPNEDA, in turn, has engaged NTPC Green Energy Limited to operate the plant on this land.

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For the development and operation of the plant, Jackson Solar, a notable solar panel producer and a prominent player in the solar energy sector in the country, has been contracted by NTPC through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

Ratan Singh, Head of Project and Additional General Manager of NTPC Green Energy Limited, informed that the total capacity of this solar power plant will be 40 MW of power generation and that it will produce 8.65 crore units of power per year.

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The total cost of this project is Rs 200 crore and the work of developing the plant located on 165 acres has been entrusted to Jackson Solar, which is a leader among the Indian companies working in the solar energy sector.

A total of 104580 solar panels with a power output of 550 and 555 watts are installed in this plant. The scheduled inauguration of the plant is set for January 22, initially operating at a capacity of 10 MW power generation.

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Following the inauguration, the plant is expected to quickly scale up to its full capacity. When operated at full capacity, this plant will be able to meet 10 percent of the total electricity consumption of Ayodhya. The electrical energy generated from the plant will be transmitted to the Darshannagar sub-station through a 132\33 KV overhead power line.

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Published January 8th, 2024 at 08:28 IST

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