Nagpur to have Asia's biggest solar thermal
Sep 02, 2008 - Asia Pulse Data Source
Asia's biggest solar thermal power plant will
be set up here to generate 10 MW electricity for the national
"The generated power will be put on the national
grid. It is a small step but a big leap for solar energy
generation," Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy
Vilas Muttemwar said today.
The unique 10 MW solar thermal generation
facility will serve the purpose of demonstration for solar
energy enthusiasts across the country, he told PTI here.
Nagpur has been selected because of high sun
radiation besides its central geographical location, the
minister said adding solar energy is environment friendly
and pollution free.
Besides, the plant load factor is between
80 to 90 per cent of the installed capacity, he said.
Moreover, there are no transmission and distribution
losses in generation of solar energy unlike in thermal power
Muttemwar said his ministry has approached
the Maharashtra government for allotment of land, so that
the process of setting up the plant could start.